The National Honor Societies  in French, German, Latin, Spanish & Mandarin Chinese

Philosophy, Purpose, and Criteria for Admission

The faculty of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages has chosen to confer membership in the National Honor Societies in French, German, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish in accordance with the criteria established by the individual societies and the department.  Our purpose is to acknowledge the exceptional proficiency and scholarship demonstrated by our most accomplished students.  The criteria, listed below, not only stress the importance for members of our national honor societies to achieve at the highest levels in the languages for which they are honored, but to duplicate this high achievement in the other areas that they study here at Wellesley High School.

To these ends, the following criteria have been established for membership in each honor society to which the Classical and Modern Languages Department subscribes:

  1. That selection occur only during or after the student’s third year of study of his or her language, and that the student be at least a sophomore at the time of consideration;
  2. That for the marking period during which selection occurs, the student earn an A in his or her language, and that for the duration of the student’s study, the overall average not be below A;
  3. That the year-end grade in the prerequisite course the previous year be an A- or higher.
  4. That for the semester during which selection occurs, the student maintain a general average in all Wellesley High School courses of B, and that for all years of the student’s study, the overall average not be below B-;
  5. That to remain in the national honor society of the specific language, the student continue to maintain an average of A- in the specific language and a B- overall subsequent to selection for membership;
  6. That, in extraordinary circumstances, the exact nature of which will be determined by the department head in Classical and Modern Languages and the teachers of the specific language in question, given criteria stated above may be waived, if such is deemed to be in the best interest of the student and the department.