v A national recognition program established in 1929 by
NASSP and currently found in public and private
schools in every state as well as in schools in more
than 70 countries overseas.
v An opportunity to involve chapter members in significant
learning experiences, especially in the area of service.
v Inclusive—open to all students who choose to apply
themselves and consequently meet the five established
criteria of scholarship, leadership, service,
citizenship, and character.
v A chance for the faculty to bestow membership
(through the actions of the faculty council/selection
committee)—as a student privilege, not a right.