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.
Requirements are listed for each grade below and are based upon the grade documented in the grade book and are rounded to the hundredth decimal place, not the whole number. Students must also earn these grades without instructional or testing modifications.
1st semester: A student must have a 93 or above average in all core subject classes.* 2nd semester: A student must have a 93 overall average in core subject classes with no grades below a 90.*
1st semester: A student must have a 90 average or better in all core subject classes.* 2nd semester: A student must have a 90 overall average in core subjects with no grades below an 86.*
1st semester and 2nd semester: A student must have a 90 overall average in core subject classes with no grades below an 86.*
1st semester ONLY: A student must have an 86 average or better in all core subject classes.*
10th Grade through 12th Grade
Students must make the fall semester honor roll, and must have a cumulative average in core subject classes of a least 90.00 for seniors, 91.50 for juniors, and 93.00 for sophomores.*
A member of Senior Beta Club may be dropped from membership if he or she is not on the semester honor roll. This means at least a 90.00 average with no grades below an 86. The first time a student fails to make the semester honor roll, he or she will be placed on probation. If a 90 average with no grades below an 86 is not attained by the end of the probation period, the student will no longer be a member of the Beta Club.
*Core subjects include English, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
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.