Blue Ribbon

Honor Societies

French National Honor Society

The Société Honoraire de Français, the French National Honor Society, is an organization sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French, whose intent is to recognize high school students in the United States who have maintained excellent grades in their French language courses. Students eligible for membership must have completed at least three semesters of French, with an average of 92% or higher in each of the three semesters. All inducted members must continue to meet the grade average requirement, and they are expected to participate in the activities of the French Club and to mentor other students who are experiencing difficulties in their study of French.

International Thespian Society

The International Thespian Society works to honor student achievement in theatre and enrich their theatre education experience; support teachers by providing professional development, networking opportunities, resources, and recognition; and influence public opinion that theatre education is essential and builds life skills. Here at Notre Dame Academy, this club works to support our theatre department and theatrical involvement in our community here in the Greater Cincinnati area. Students work to help with ticket sales, promotional materials, celebrations, and performances. In addition, they go out into the community to see shows and support fellow students in their journeys as performers. 

Mu Alpha Theta

Mu Alpha Theta is a national high school and two-year college mathematics honor society that aims to spark a greater interest in the field of mathematics. The Mu Alpha Theta chapter at Notre Dame Academy is moderated by Ms. Leslie Litmer and is the only national organization for high school juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in the field of math. Students eligible for membership must have completed the equivalent of two years of college preparatory mathematics, completed or are enrolled in a third college preparatory mathematics course, have a minimum weighted average of 95% in all mathematics classes, and have a minimum weighted average of 92% overall. All inducted Mu Alpha Theta members must continue to meet the specified averages, attend all meetings, take two of the four Math Fax tests offered throughout the school year, and complete eight hours of math-related service per year.

National English Honor Society

The Notre Dame Academy chapter of the National English Honor Society exists to recognize and promote excellence in Literature and Language Arts at the High School level.   The society is moderated by Mrs. Amanda Schultz and invites Junior and Senior level students to join.  A student becomes eligible for NEHS when she has achieved a minimum 3.00 overall GPA and a 3.5 overall English GPA.   Based on this acquired GPA eligible students are invited to apply via a letter highlighting their endeavors and achievements in the field of English that go above and beyond standard course work.   Inducted NEHS members do not complete a specific number of service hours, but are required to actively participate in regular meetings and to contribute to a yearly service event which promotes literacy either in the school or in the community at large.  

National Honor Society

The Notre Dame Academy chapter of the National Honor Society is moderated by Mrs. Molly Proudfit. In order to apply for membership, a student must have a weighted GPA of 3.50 or greater at the end of her sophomore year, exhibit leadership skills and demonstrate positive character traits as a member of the Notre Dame community. First year members are required to complete 25 hours of service (outside of hours required for a class) and second year members are required to complete 30 hours of service (outside of hours required for a class). Students must adhere to tracking guidelines when logging service hours.  Additionally, members must maintain a GPA of 3.50. As a member of NHS, students are given the opportunity to cultivate leadership skills through the planning and implementation of various service opportunities throughout the year.

National Junior Classical League 

The NJCL Latin Honor Society is a special designation given to Junior Classical League students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and citizenship in Latin class. The Latin Honor Society membership is earned annually based on student performance, viz. An unweighted average of 93 or better in the first semester, strict adherence to the NDA honor code, and participation in the Latin Club service project.

Rho Kappa

Rho Kappa is the National Social Studies Honors Society and is the only national organization for high school juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in the field of social studies. Rho Kappa provides students with national recognition and opportunities for exploration in the field of social studies. Membership in Rho Kappa at NDA is an honor available to seniors who have been in attendance at NDA for one semester, have completed four semesters of courses in the field of social studies and be prepared to complete at least six semesters and have an overall GPA of 93 and a social studies GPA of 95. Students who have been inducted into Rho Kappa must continue to meet the grade point averages, attend a minimum of four meetings a year and complete eight hours of service during their senior year in the field of social studies as determined by the social studies department. 


La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica

La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, the Spanish Honor Society, is an honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish and/or Portuguese, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. The mission of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica is to recognize high school achievement in Spanish and Portuguese and to promote interest in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian studies. Notre Dame Academy’s chapter is Benito Juárez and is moderated by Ms. Stacey Bill. To be eligible, students must maintain a 90% or higher for three consecutive semesters in Spanish and fill out an application. Upon induction, students are expected to continue their language studies and/or fulfill their language requirement by being an active member of Spanish Club. Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica students are also required to participate in the yearly service project throughout the Spanish speaking local community as well as come to monthly meetings.