Students at West Lyon are academically eligible for membership into NHS as a sophomore by virtue of having a 3.6 cumulative GPA or higher after the first semester of their sophomore year. Students who meet the four membership standards of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character are selected for membership. West Lyon staff provide input to a faculty council who makes the final decision on membership. The process allows students to have 2 chances of being selected to NHS. If students are not selected during their sophomore year they can be reconsidered during their junior year provided their cumulative GPA is above a 3.4.

The guidelines for each of the NHS criteria areas, as given to us from NHS, are stated below:

1. SCHOLARSHIP (GPA) - A 3.6 cumulative GPA at the end of the first semester of sophomore year or a 3.4 cumulative GPA at the end of the fist semester of junior year.

2. LEADERSHIP - Shows initiative, influences for good and has a concern for others.
- Is actively involved in West Lyon extra curricular activities by participating in at least 2 extra curricular organizations each year in high school
- Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions
- Demonstrates leadership in promoting school activities
- Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school
- Is able to delegate responsibilities
- Exemplifies positive attitudes
- Inspires positive behavior in others
- Demonstrates academic initiative
- Successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility, conducts business efficiently and effectively, and without prodding, demonstrates reliability and dependability
- Demonstrates leadership in the classroom, at work, and in school or community activities
- Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted

3. SERVICE - Contributes time, energy, etc. for service towards school, church or community.
- Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude
- Participates in some outside activity: Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, volunteer services for the aged, poor or disadvantaged, family duties
- Volunteers with dependable and well-organized assistance. Is gladly available, and willing to sacrifice to offer assistance
- Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities
- Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school
- Is willing to represent the class or school in inter-class and inter-scholastic competition
- Does committee and staff work uncomplainingly
- Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teacher and students

4. CHARACTER - Displays characteristics of honesty, reliability, industry, cooperativeness, morality and emotional stability.
- Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously
- Consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)
- Upholds principles of morality and ethics
- Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.
- Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability
- Observes instructions and rules, punctuality, and faithfulness both inside and outside of the classroom
- Shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others
- Has powers of concentration and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application to studies
- Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoids cheating in written work, and shows unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others
- Actively helps to rid the school of bad influences or environment