NICHE HONOR SOCIETY
Requirements of Membership in the Psi Gamma Chapter of the Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society
- Must be from a NICHE member family
- Must be a high school junior or senior
- Must have received a minimum test score of:
- 88 (CLT),
- 91 (CLT 10)
- 1200 (SAT),
- 1200 (PSAT),
- 1170 (PSAT 10),
- 1090 (PSAT 8/9 for a 9th grade student),
- 1020 (PSAT 8/9 for an 8th grade student),
- 26 (ACT) ,
- 26 (Pre-ACT 10),
- 90% composite score (ITBS or ITED),
- 90% total battery (Stanford), or
- 90% total score (Terra Nova 2 CAT6 2nd edition)
as required by Eta Sigma Alpha
- Must have a written recommendation by a pastor or elder of a church
- Must provide a record of community service
- Must pay $10 per school year membership fee
"The purpose of Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among home school students.
To achieve this purpose, Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society shall provide opportunities for the development of leadership and service.
Eta Sigma Alpha shall encourage the development of an intellectual climate that will stimulate the exchange of ideas and ideals, foster scholarship, and promote academic excellence.
Eta Sigma Alpha shall also advocate homeschooling as a viable and successful educational methodology and act as a liaison for home schooling to the general public, colleges/universities, and the media."
Eta Sigma Alpha is the first honor society established exclusively for home schooled students. Founded in 1999 by Joanne E. Juren, M.Ed., Executive Director of the Home Education Partnership of Texas, it has grown into a national organization.
As a former public school administrator, Juren contacted the National Honor Society with the intent of forming a homeschool chapter for her sons and others in a local support group in 1997. When told that NHS did not accept homeschool students, Juren decided to start a new honor society for home schoolers.
Over the next two years, the idea for Eta Sigma Alpha was refined and the "Alpha" chapter was started in 1999 through the Home Education Partnership of Texas. Barbara Gorman served as the first lead sponsor along with Joanne Juren and Terry Arnold as co-sponsors.