Four major honorary societies exist at Washington School for the purpose of recognizing outstanding achievements by qualified students: the Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Rho Kappa and the International Thespian Society. The school also offers numerous special interest clubs.
The National Beta Club, often referred to as just “Beta”, is an organization for 6th through 12th grade students at Washington School. Its purpose is “to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, leadership and service among elementary and secondary school students.” The Junior Division of The National Beta Club includes exceptional students in grades six through nine. The Senior Division of The National Beta Club includes exemplary students in grades ten through twelve. Qualifications for Junior Beta are based upon the most recently completed semester grades and are not cumulative. Qualifications for Senior Beta are based upon the most recently completed semester grades and are cumulative.
Mu Alpha Theta
To qualify for Mu Alpha Theta, a student must have completed 5 semesters of college preparatory mathematics with a 90.00 average and no math grade below an 86.00. A member may be dropped from membership if he or she does not maintain the minimum grade requirement at the end of each semester. (This means a 90.00 average with no grade below 86.00 in his or her mathematics courses.) The first time a student fails to meet the grade requirement, he or she will be put on probation for the semester. If a 90.00 average with no grade below 86.00 is not attained by the end of the probation period, the student will no longer be a member of Mu Alpha Theta.
Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society is a national organization for high school juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in the field of Social Studies. Rho Kappa provides national recognition and opportunities for exploration in the social studies. Rho Kappa is intended to foster a love for the social sciences and build citizenship skills.
To be considered for membership in Rho Kappa a student must:
- have completed four semesters of course in the social studies
- have a willingness to do community service
- have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- have a subject area GPA of 3.0 or higher
- submit letter of reference from a current faculty member
- pass the selection process by the faculty selection committee
There is a modest membership fee to cover national dues and induction. All membership is subject to chapter sponsor final approval.
International Thespian Society
The International Thespian Society is the honor society for theatre arts students. Specifically, students earn the right to be inducted by accumulating points for their work and meeting other required criteria. Eligibility requirements can be found online at http://www.edta.org/society.