As a parent of a high-achieving student, you may be reviewing multiple offers to join academic, social, and honors organizations. It’s important to know that they can join more than one. NSHSS is committed to recognizing and serving the highest-achieving student scholars with more than $2 million in scholarship opportunities annually, as well as educational resources and a network of more than 2 million exceptional peers spanning high school to college and career. NSHSS scholars embody academic dedication and outstanding leadership in their schools, workplaces, and communities.
See why educators, parents, and others who support our members on their path from high school to college to career value NSHSS as a partner in helping students reach their full potential.
New England Commission of Higher Education
Parent of NSHSS member, Gia Saggar
Encoura, A Division of ACT
NSHSS recognizes young scholars who have demonstrated excellence through their academic achievements based on objective criteria, including grades and test scores. Students must meet any one of the following criteria to be considered for membership.
3.5 Cumulative GPA (4.0 Scale) or higher (or equivalent such as 88 on a 100-point scale)
1280 SAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*
1150 PSAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*
26 ACT score or higher
Score 4 or higher on any AP exam
Total combined IB test scores of 36 or higher
IGCSE Grade A or higher
Top 10% rank in class
*Scores from the old exam (SAT score 1750 or higher; PSAT score 200 or higher) will be accepted.