In 1978, the National Art Education Association began the National Art Honor Society program specifically for high school students grades 10-12, for the purpose of inspiring and recognizing those students who have shown an outstanding ability in art. The NAHS also strives to aid members in working toward the attainment of their highest potential in art areas, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community. To become a member of the NAHS, the student must be a junior or senior with an overall GPA of at least an 86 and an overall Art GPA of at least a 94. Students must be enrolled in Art III, IV or Advanced Placement and must be nominated by the visual arts faculty. Additional guidelines include leadership, character, artistic ability and service to the Visual Arts Department.