HONOR societies

Students at PHS have the opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency and be externally recognized for their efforts and excellence in academic studies through many different organizations. The list below provides more information on these opportunities and the requirements needed to be recognized by each organization. We encourage students to review these options and reach out to their school counselor with any questions.

National honor society


The Ponaganset Chapter is a duly chartered chapter of the prestigious National Honor Society. At the end of the first semester, student information packets will be sent out to members of the junior and senior classes with a 4.0 weighted GPA or higher (for the class of 2026 and before) or a 4.1 weighted GPA or higher (for the class of 2027 and after). To be considered for membership in the Ponaganset Chapter, a candidate must return a fully completed student information packet that includes documentation of at least 30 hours of community service during their time in high school and at least 3 faculty endorsements or letters of recommendation. Service activities are those that are done for or on behalf of others, not including immediate family members, for which no compensation, monetary or otherwise, has been given. The due date and time of the student information packet is included on the packet and the letter sent to students. Additional correspondence from the adviser, updates, and additional information will be sent by email to the student’s official PHS email address. Candidates should check their school email regularly.

Candidates will be reviewed by the Faculty Council (comprised of 5 voting faculty members, non-voting alternate faculty members, and chaired by the non-voting faculty adviser). The council will review the completed student information packets, student disciplinary records, faculty inputs, and any other information deemed appropriate to determine which of the candidates best exemplify the virtues of SCHOLARSHIP, SERVICE, LEADERSHIP, and CHARACTER. A majority vote of the Faculty Council is required for a candidate to be offered membership. The GPA cut-offs will be reviewed annually by the Faculty Council and updated as deemed appropriate to maintain the high academic standards for membership in the National Honor Society.

Once the Faculty Council has made their decisions, letters will be sent out to all candidates regarding the membership decision. Any candidate who is offered membership must then contact the faculty adviser by the date and time indicated on their letter to accept membership. If the student does not contact the adviser by the date and time indicated, it will be assumed that they are declining membership. During their senior year, members of the Ponaganset Chapter must participate in a group community service project, determined by the adviser and members of the chapter, that benefits the school community.

Once inducted, members are required to maintain the same standards (or higher) to maintain membership in the Ponaganset Chapter. If the student’s weighted GPA drops below the required threshold, if the student commits a serious disciplinary infraction (as determined by the school administration), if they have excessive unexcused absences or tardies, or if they fail to complete the required community service as part of the chapter, their membership may be revoked by a majority vote of the Faculty Council.


If a non-selected student or their parents are dissatisfied with the decision of the Faculty Council, they should contact the adviser for additional information on why the student was not offered membership.

If they wish to appeal the decision, the STUDENT must talk with the adviser directly to inform them that they wish to formally appeal. This must occur within 10 school days of the initial notification of the Faculty Council’s decision (the date the decision letter was mailed out). Any additional information the student would like to submit for the council’s reconsideration must also be submitted to the adviser in this 10-day window. If no appeal has been registered within this defined period of time, all records pertaining to this round of selection will be destroyed and no appeal will be allowed.

All previous information submitted by and on behalf of the student, plus any additional updated information, will be presented to the Faculty Council. The council will reconsider the candidate based on the totality of this material using the same criteria as before. The candidate will be notified of the decision of the Faculty Council by email (to their official PHS school email address) within one school day of the vote.

Should students or parents still not be satisfied, they may continue the appeal to the principal. The STUDENT must contact the faculty adviser within 5 school days of the previous email to announce they would like to continue the appeal to the principal. The adviser will inform the principal of this appeal and the principal will arrange to listen to the concerns of students not selected, or from the parents of such students. Following such discussions, if the principal believes that some kind of technical or procedural mistake has been made, the principal may ask the faculty council to reconvene to review the situation or may overturn the decision. The candidate will be notified of the decision of the principal by email (to their official PHS school email address) within one school day.

If non-selected students or their parents wish to challenge or appeal the principal’s decision, they should follow the Foster-Glocester Regional School District complaint procedures.

For more details please consult the Program of Studies. (Coming Soon)

RI Honor SOciety

Ponaganset High School seniors are eligible for induction into the Rhode Island Honor Society based upon scholarship and character. A student must have a minimum four-year cumulative weighted GPA of 3.67 (for members of the class of 2026 and before) or 3.77 (for the class of 2027 and after) through the end of the first semester of their senior year. Eligible students must also demonstrate the highest standards of character, which are evaluated by the Faculty Council. Serious disciplinary infractions or excessive unexcused absences and tardies may exclude a candidate from membership based on the decision of the council. Once a membership decision is made, a letter will be sent to the candidate. The candidate must then contact the faculty advisor to accept the offer of membership by the date and time indicated on the letter. 

national Art Honor Society

The purpose of the National Art Honor Society is to assist student members to attain their highest potential in all forms of art and to raise awareness of art education throughout the school and community. Members are chosen based upon their scholarship, service and character. Students in the Ponaganset chapter must be enrolled in or have successfully completed their second full year of art courses with a B average. Members work together to complete year-long projects to help build a strong appreciation for the arts at PHS, beautify their school and community, and fund-raise for future creative endeavors. In May, the Art Department and the National Art Honor Society proudly showcase the work of over 300 students at the Annual Art Show. 


The Spanish Honor Society was founded by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese in 1953. Its purpose is to recognize students who have persevered and excelled in the study of the Spanish language and to promote Hispanic studies. To be eligible to be a member of this society, students must have maintained honors level grades in the advanced study of Spanish-Spanish III and IV. 

National TEchnical Honor Society

National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) recognizes outstanding student achievement in Career and Technical Education (CTE) and encourages educational excellence, skill development, and workforce readiness.

The NTHS strives to bring well-deserved recognition, scholarship opportunities, and career opportunities to students who excel in one of the 108 career and technical educational fields. Not only do National Technical Honor Society students embody all the attributes and talent which is in demand today, these students also embrace a clear vision for tomorrow’s workforce and their role in it.

Please refer to each program page for each programs' eligibility criteria and opportunities. 

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