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General Information | Establishing an NAHS/NJAHS chapter | Registering an NAHS/NJAHS chapter
Chapter Management | Support & Resources | NAHS Merchandise & Orders

GENERAL INFORMATION
1. What are the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) and National Junior Art Honor Society (NJAHS)?
2. Can my son/daughter join the NAHS/NJAHS?
3. What are the benefits of having a chapter at my school (for students/ sponsor)?
4. What types of schools may participate in the NAHS/NJAHS program?
5. What are the eligibility criteria? 
6. What is a chapter sponsor? Who can act as chapter sponsor?
7. Can I obtain a hard copy of the NAHS/NJAHS Chapter Handbook for the current school year?
8. Who can I contact if I have questions?
9. Where can I find information about the NAHS/NJAHS program?
10. I have a suggestion for the NAHS/NJAHS program or an idea for a new NAHS/NJAHS product.  What should I do?

ESTABLISHING AN NAHS OR NJAHS CHAPTER
1. How do I start an NAHS/NJAHS chapter at my school?
2. Is each chapter required to have its own bylaws?
3. Can multiple schools join as one chapter?
4. What does my chapter receive when we join?

REGISTERING AN NAHS OR NJAHS CHAPTER
1. How do I register my NAHS/NJAHS chapter?
2. What is a “chapter fee”? Am I required to pay it?
3. Are both the primary sponsor and co-sponsor required to be NAEA members?
4. Do I need to register my chapter every year?
5. Can I send my chapter registration at any time? Why is the registration deadline January 31st?
6. Am I required to submit a student roster?
7. Do I need to submit dues for every student in my chapter every year?
8. Can I register my chapter online?
9. How long will it take for my chapter registration to be processed?
10. Can I submit a school Purchase Order* for my resource order (chapter supplies), student dues, and chapter fee?
11. How can I find my chapter number and NAEA ID number?

CHAPTER MANAGEMENT
1. When do I pay for new inductees?
2. Can I add a student after I’ve already registered my chapter for the current year?
3. Am I required to submit my student e-mail addresses to NAEA?
4. If a student was a member of the National Junior Art Honor Society (NJAHS), is that individual automatically a member of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS)?
5. How do I resolve conflicts within my chapter?
6. Who has the final authority on local chapter affairs—including selection, activities, and disciplinary action?

CHAPTER SUPPORT & RESOURCES
1. What is my chapter supposed to do throughout the year?
2. What award and scholarship opportunities are available to NAHS/NJAHS members?
3. How can I find out if there are other chapters in my state?
4. What career resources are available to NAHS/NJAHS members?
5. What is the NAHS News? How do I make a submission?
6. What is the NAHS/NJAHS NING?
7. What is Artsonia? 

NAHS MERCHANDISE & PLACING CHAPTER ORDERS
1. Where can I see merchandise available exclusively to NAHS/NJAHS chapters?
2. How can I order resources/merchandise for my chapter?
3. Who can place an order for my chapter or inquire about the status of my chapter’s order?
4. When do I need to place my order?
5. Is expedited shipping available? 
6. How long will delivery take?
7. Will I receive a receipt?
8. Can I have the delivery sent to my home address?
9. Can I submit a Purchase Order for my resource order?
10. There was a mistake with my order. What should I do?
11. I need to add the express, 2-day shipping option to my order. How do I calculate the cost?

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GENERAL INFORMATION

1. What are the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) and National Junior Art Honor Society (NJAHS)?
The NAHS and NJAHS programs are designed to inspire and recognize students who have shown outstanding abilities in art. The NAHS/NJAHS strives to support members in their goal of attaining the highest standards in art areas, and to bring visual arts education to the attention of the school and community.

2. Can my son/daughter join the NAHS/NJAHS?
An individual student cannot participate in the program as a single member; a student must be a member through an established chapter at his/her school. Contact your child’s art educator or school administrator to ask about an existing chapter. To have information about establishing a chapter sent to your child’s school, contact
NAHS@arteducators.org

3. What are the benefits of having a chapter at my school (for students/ sponsor)?
Student benefits: Leadership opportunities, career/college preparation, opportunities for publication in NAHS News and the Artsonia Gallery, and scholarship and award opportunities. 

Sponsor benefits:
• Eligibility for grant opportunities and regional and national awards (including NAHS and NJAHS Sponsor of the Year)
• Subscriptions to TWO bi-monthly publications: Art Education and NAEA News (a $50 VALUE)
• Access to outstanding lessons, peer-reviewed for quality, relevance, and rigor through the Instructional Resources Gallery. NAEA-approved lesson and unit plans are art problems that challenge students to seek multiple solutions. Lessons include detailed objectives, links to museum resources, student reflections and artwork, and more!
• Discounts on a variety of insurance programs including medical, professional liability, and GEICO auto insurance
• Discounts on NAEA National Convention registration fees
• Discounts on premiere resources through NAEA’s Bookstore

4. What types of schools may participate in the NAHS/NJAHS program?
NAHS/NJAHS chapter membership is open to all accredited schools including public, private, virtual, and home schools. 

5. What are the eligibility criteria? 
Students must be enrolled in grades 6-12, have completed at least one semester of art in the school, and have a minimum art GPA of  “B”  to be eligible for membership. Membership is based upon art scholarship, service, and character.

6. What is a chapter sponsor? Who can act as chapter sponsor?
A chapter sponsor is an art faculty member designated to supervise and provide guidance for the chapter on a regular basis. The sponsor acts as a liaison between faculty, administration, students, and community. Any art faculty member employed at the school may act as the school’s NAHS/NJAHS chapter sponsor. 

7. Can I obtain a hard copy of the NAHS/NJAHS Chapter Handbook for the current school year?
To request a hard copy of the current NAHS Chapter Handbook, send an email to NAHS@arteducators.org. Please include your school mailing address. 

8. Who can I contact if I have questions?
For questions about the NAHS/NJAHS program, please contact Heather Rose, Member Services and NAHS Programs Coordinator, at
NAHS@arteducators.org or 800-299-8321.

9. Where can I find information about the NAHS/NJAHS program?
For more information about the NAHS/NJAHS programs, please visit www.arteducators.org/nahs.

10. I have a suggestion for the NAHS/NJAHS program or an idea for a new NAHS/NJAHS product.  What should I do?
Send ideas and comments to NAHS@arteducators.org

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ESTABLISHING AN NAHS OR NJAHS CHAPTER

1. How do I start an NAHS/NJAHS chapter at my school?
First, request or download a chapter handbook. Next, discuss the program with your administration and gain approval. Be sure to address topics like bylaws, membership selection, and funding/fundraising with your principal. Once you’ve done this you’re ready to begin membership selection and then register your chapter! See questions about registering your chapter.

2. Is each chapter required to have its own bylaws?
Yes. Bylaws define the standards that students are held to in order to be active members of the NAHS/NJAHS chapter at your school.  Written bylaws clearly communicate expectations to members and parents and help avoid misunderstandings. All bylaws should be consistent with regulations outlined in the NAHS/NJAHS constitutions. NAEA provides suggested bylaws on page 8 of the Chapter Handbook. You can use or adapt the suggested bylaws to fit your school’s needs.  Be sure to file a copy of your bylaws with NAEA.

3. Can multiple schools join as one chapter?
Each school must submit a separate chapter registration form.  School districts cannot register multiple schools under the same chapter. 
  
4. What does my chapter receive when we join?
New chapters receive a welcome letter, chapter charter, and student certificates/membership cards for each registered student member.

Renewing chapters receive a registration letter and student certificates/membership cards for each registered student member. 

Note: Please allow up to 4 weeks after receipt of your confirmation email for delivery of your NAHS materials. 

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REGISTERING AN NAHS OR NJAHS CHAPTER

Primary sponsors must register their chapter every school year to be considered an active chapter.

1. How do I register my NAHS/NJAHS chapter?
Registering your chapter consists of submitting a completed chapter registration form, your student roster, student dues for each student in your chapter, and the chapter fee (if applicable) to NAEA. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address listed on your registration form once processing is completed.  

2. What is a “chapter fee”? Am I required to pay it?
A yearly fee, called the ‘Chapter Fee’ is required of each NAHS/NJAHS chapter.  The Chapter Fee is equivalent to the Active NAEA membership fee; this ensures that each primary faculty sponsor is an NAEA member in good standing.  Membership/chapter fees vary by state. 

Note: If the primary chapter sponsor holds a current Active NAEA membership then the ‘Chapter Fee’ is waived during registration. However, it is the responsibility of the sponsor to keep his/her NAEA membership current to remain eligible to receive chapter benefits such as placing an NAHS order.   

3. Are both the primary sponsor and co-sponsor required to be NAEA members?
Yes, the primary sponsor and co-sponsor(s) must each hold NAEA membership. 

4. Do I need to register my chapter every year?
YES. Your chapter’s membership lapses at the end of the school year. Chapters must be re-registered every school year to be considered active. 

5. Can I send my chapter registration at any time?  Why is the registration deadline January 31st?
The NAHS/NJAHS programs run on an academic calendar of July through June.  The suggested timeframe for submitting your registration is July-January. This time frame allows adequate time for member eligibility and selection, as well as the required 4 weeks to place and receive orders for ceremonies.

Please note registrations submitted July 1-June 30 will be applied to the current school year.

6. Am I required to submit a student roster?
Yes. NAEA must receive a copy of your student roster with your chapter registration. Remember to include student grade levels.

7. Do I need to submit dues for every student in my chapter every year?
Student dues are required for every student in your chapter every year they are a member. 

8. Can I register my chapter online?
No. The chapter registration form and fee/s must be received via email, fax or mail. 
      Mailing Address:     NAEA
                                      1806 Robert Fulton Dr., Suite 300
                                      Reston, VA 20191
      Fax: 703-860-2960
      Email: NAHS@arteducators.org

9. How long will it take for my chapter registration to be processed?
Please allow up to 3 weeks for processing your NAHS registration. Confirmation will be sent to the e-mail address listed on your registration form once your registration has been processed. 
      
10. Can I submit a school Purchase Order* for my resource order (chapter supplies), student dues, and chapter fee?
Yes. Your school can combine your NAHS resource order and your NAHS registration to bring the amount to the required purchase order minimum of $150. Your NAHS/NJAHS certificates will not be sent until payment is received. Please view NAEA’s Purchase Order requirements.  *Remember: All purchase orders must total $150 or more. The deadline for POs is March 31. After March 31, all orders must be prepaid.

11. How can I find my chapter number and NAEA ID number?
RENEWING CHAPTERS: Your chapter number is listed in several places: confirmation e-mails (called your “customer number”), your chapter charter, and welcome letters. You may also contact NAEA Member Services at 800-299-8321 (M-F, 8:15am – 4:30pm ET) or NAHS@arteducators.org to receive your chapter number. 

NEW CHAPTERS: A chapter number will be issued to you upon registration of your chapter. Look for your chapter number on your confirmation e-mail as well as on your chapter charter and welcome letter. 

Your NAEA member ID number can be found near your address on any NAEA publication or communication, as well as on your member ID card. It can also be viewed by logging into the NAEA website.

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CHAPTER MANAGEMENT

1. When do I pay for new inductees?
Dues for new inductees should be paid during the school year in which they begin participating in chapter activities and meetings. 
Spring Inductions: Do you induct new members in the spring for the following school year? Please pay your new inductee and returning members’ dues with your chapter registration next school year.
Winter Inductions: Do you induct members in the winter after you’ve registered you chapter for the current year? Will these members be active this school year? If so, pay their dues this year and add them to your already registered chapter. Or, wait and submit your registration once you’ve inducted your new members. 

2. Can I add a student after I’ve already registered my chapter for the current year?
Yes. To add a student to your already registered chapter, complete the chapter registration form and be sure to mark the box: “adding additional students.” Mail, fax, or e-mail the completed form with appropriate student dues and an updated student roster. 

3. Am I required to submit my student e-mail addresses to NAEA?
No. A student has the option to provide his or her e-mail address to receive timely NAHS information electronically. Student e-mail addresses will not be sold or shared and are only used to distribute NAHS News and other related information.

4. If a student was a member of the National Junior Art Honor Society (NJAHS), is that individual automatically a member of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS)?
No. The NJAHS and NAHS are separate societies. Members of the National Junior Honor Society must be selected for membership in the National Honor Society just as all other candidates are. 

5. How do I resolve conflicts within my chapter?
Refer to your chapter’s bylaws. Your bylaws should provide the framework for governing your chapter, including how to handle infractions of chapter rules and policies. NAEA does not regulate individual chapter activity nor participate in discipline/dismissal of students. The governing of the chapter shall remain at the discretion of the chapter sponsor and principal.

6. Who has the final authority on local chapter affairs—including selection, activities, and disciplinary action?
The activities of a chapter are subject to the approval of the sponsor and the principal.

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CHAPTER SUPPORT & RESOURCES

1. What is my chapter supposed to do throughout the year?
Each chapter identifies its own activity and service priorities.  Find ideas on the NAHS website, in NAHS News, and throughout the NAHS Chapter Handbook & Resource Catalog.  Network with fellow sponsors through the NAHS NING and NAHS Directory for activity, service, and fundraising ideas.

2. What award and scholarship opportunities are available to NAHS/NJAHS members?
Visit the opportunities page for award and scholarship information. Remember to check with your state association for additional student opportunities. View state associations here.

3. How can I find out if there are other chapters in my state?
Connect with other chapters in your area through the NAHS/NJAHS directory. As an NAEA member and chapter sponsor, you have access to the NAHS/NJAHS Directory to view all active chapters. Click here to log in and view the NAHS directory. 

4. What career resources are available to NAHS/NJAHS members?
For career resources, ideas, and other information, visit the student resources page.  Full-time undergraduate students may join NAEA as student members upon graduation from high school. 

5. What is the NAHS News? How do I make a submission?
The NAHS News is a semi-annual, full-color, online publication that showcases your school’s NAHS/NJAHS chapter. Submissions are due November 1 for the Winter Issue and March 1 for the Spring Issue. Chapters may submit one chapter report, two chapter photos, and up to five images of student artwork. Visit www.arteducators.org/nahs to download a submission form and instructions.

6. What is the NAHS/NJAHS NING?
The NING is a social networking site that allows NAEA members to share photos, videos, and blog posts. The NAHS/NJAHS NING is specifically for NAHS and NJAHS chapter sponsors. Post questions, comments, and participate in ongoing discussions! Click here to visit/join the Ning. 

7. What is Artsonia? 
Artsonia is known as the world’s largest kids’ art museum. NAEA members and chapter sponsors are eligible to publish student artwork in the Artsonia National Art Honor Society Gallery, a nationwide digital art gallery.

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NAHS MERCHANDISE & PLACING CHAPTER ORDERS

1. Where can I see merchandise available exclusively to NAHS/NJAHS chapters?
The NAHS/NJAHS Resource Catalog begins on page 17 of your NAHS Chapter Handbook. You may also view NAHS/NJAHS merchandise in the online store.

2. How can I order resources/merchandise for my chapter?
You may place a resource order in three ways:
- Order Form: Complete an NAHS resource order form and fax, mail, or e-mail with payment.
- Online: Login with your NAEA login credentials. You will need your chapter expiration date and chapter number to complete your order. For assistance with your login credentials, chapter number, or chapter expiration date, please contact NAHS@arteducators.org. Online payments accepted by credit card only.
- Phone: Contact NAEA member services by calling 800-299-8321 (M-F, 8:15am-4:30pm ET).  Phone payments accepted by credit card only.

3. Who can place an order for my chapter or inquire about the status of my chapter’s order?
The primary chapter sponsor must place all orders and make all inquiries regarding order status.  NAEA cannot discuss orders or chapter status with students or parents.    

4. When do I need to place my order?
Order early! Allow up to 4 weeks for processing and shipment of your NAHS order. Your chapter must be registered for the current school year prior to placing any NAHS/NJAHS order.  

5. Is expedited shipping available?  
Express, 2-business-day shipping is available for an additional 25% of the subtotal ($15 minimum charge) plus regular shipping. Your chapter must be registered for the current school year prior to placing any NAHS/NJAHS order.  

6. How long will delivery take?
Please allow up to 4 weeks for processing and shipping of your order. Delivery times may vary. Orders are shipped via UPS and USPS.  

7. Will I receive a receipt?
Faxed, e-mailed, & mailed orders: A packing slip/receipt will be included with your order.

Online & phone orders: A confirmation e-mail will be sent within 5 minutes of your order being submitted. This confirmation e-mail is your receipt. Additionally, a packing slip/receipt will be included with your order.

8. Can I have the delivery sent to my home address?
All NAHS /NJAHS orders must be delivered directly to the school.  All orders must be placed by the primary sponsor of a registered chapter.  NAEA cannot accept orders from parents or students.

9. Can I submit a Purchase Order for my resource order?
Yes. NAEA accepts official school Purchase Orders for orders totaling $150 or more. The deadline for POs is March 31st. After March 31st, all orders must be prepaid by check or credit card. Please view NAEA’s Purchase Order requirements.

10. There was a mistake with my order. What should I do?
Please contact finance@arteducators.org in writing within 30 days of delivery to report any errors or damage. NAEA accepts returns within 30 days for proper credit and will pay return credit if your order was damaged or incorrectly filled.  

11. I need to add the express, 2-day shipping option to my order. How do I calculate the cost?
Express, 2-business-day shipping is 25% of your subtotal ($15 minimum charge) plus regular shipping.  

Example:
        Subtotal: $120
                            .25 x 120 = $30 additional for express shipping
                            (25% of $120 = $30) + $120 = $150
         Total cost: $150 + regular shipping

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