Eta Sigma Alpha (ESA) is the National Home School Honor Society that was established in 1999 to recognize the scholarly achievements of students who are homeschooled. The history explains how ESA was started and how the name was selected.
Nebraska Homeschool holds the charter for the Chi Zeta Chapter.
Eligibility requirements reflect those of the national (parent) organization and the local Chi Zeta Chapter.
We encourage you to recognize your student's achievements with ESA membership. We also encourage all ESA members to list the Honor Society on high school transcripts and college applications after they have received their certificate of admission to ESA, Chi Zeta Chapter.
If your student would like to apply for membership in the ESA National Home School Honor Society, Chi Zeta Chapter, please complete our Honor Society Application Process.
All eligible homeschool students are welcome to apply. The Application Fee is $20 and the annual National dues are $15 per year (passed directly onto the parent organization). The $20 Application Fee is waived for families with active Nebraska Homeschool membership. All students must pay the $15 National dues.
"The purpose of Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among home school students. To achieve this purpose, Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society shall provide opportunities for the development of leadership and service. Eta Sigma Alpha shall encourage the development of an intellectual climate that will stimulate the exchange of ideas and ideals, foster scholarship, and promote academic excellence. Eta Sigma Alpha shall also advocate homeschooling as a viable and successful educational methodology and act as a liaison for homeschooling to the general public, colleges/universities, and the media."
History of the Name: Eta, the Greek letter that is shaped like an "h" and Sigma, the Greek letter for "s" were chosen, along with Alpha, the first letter of the Greek alphabet to create the name Eta Sigma Alpha, representing the meaning: "first home school" honor society.
Feel free to visit the Eta Sigma Alpha website to learn more about our parent organization.
A Message from Nationals (2020)
The Covid-19 pandemic is causing some testing dates to be cancelled. The only tool we have to assure that our members meet the criteria for membership is a test score that is NOT proctored by a parent. Therefore, to help those who are struggling finding a testing site, we have updated our Testing Policy to include online testing at home or other location.:
1. You CANNOT test at home under the supervision of a parent or guardian. An adult test supervisor may administer the test in your home, provided your parent is not in the room. You are welcome to test at another person’s home or business. This rule applies to both paper tests and online testing.
2. When submitting an application for ESA admission, include a signed statement from the test supervisor.
3. This statement must attest to the facts that the student received no help from anyone during the test and that he/she accessed no “outside materials” during the test time.
4. It must show where the test was administered, by whom the test was administered and his/her relationship to the student, and when the test was administered. Sponsors will accept these signed statements along with the proof of test score. ESA reserves the right to contact the test proctor to verify the statement.
Online Tests: IOWA, Stanford, TerraNova, SAT family of tests, CLT family of tests, or ACT family of tests.
Students still MUST have a test score to join ESA. Please follow the standards for the tests scores.
Please understand that this is an unusual time in our history. However, we must uphold the integrity of our testing policy to insure that the high standards of ESA are maintained.
Chi Zeta Chapter Eligibility Requirements [please note, the majority of these requirements are pulled directly from the parent organization's requirements]:
REQUIRED TEST SCORES (Only one is required):
CLT 88; CLT10 97; or CLT8 97
SAT 1200; PSAT 1200; PSAT10 1170; PSAT 8/9 1090 (for 9th grade student); or PSAT 8/9 1020 (for 8th grade student)
ACT 26 or Pre-ACT 10 26
IOWA ITBS or ITED 90% composite score
Stanford Achievement 90% on the total battery (the score listed under the National PR-S or PR column)
Terra Nova 2 (CAT 6) 2nd Ed. 90% total score (listed under the NPR column)
Option #1 Prompt - Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
Option #2 Prompt - Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
(Credit Citation: prompts #1 and #2 are borrowed from Common App 2021-2022 Essay Prompts)
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UPDATES COMING SOON! We do have some requirements that are being directed from the parent organization.
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