Every chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) are governed by two sets of documents: the NHS National Constitution and local chapter bylaws.

The NHS National Constitution was developed by the NHS and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) National Council. Guiding the day-to-day operations of NHS is the dedicated team at NASSP, while the organization’s strategic oversight is provided by the NASSP Board of Directors.

All chapters must adopt and abide by the provisions of the National Constitution, per their agreement with the national organization. The NHS National Handbook and Adviser Resource Center offer additional information on items found in the Constitution—including an outline for local bylaws—and provides guidance for advisers in applying the NHS Constitution to their work with their chapters.