Upper School

Honor Societies

Preparing for College

Viewpoint School believes that students benefit most from having a comprehensive, liberal arts education. The School expects students to complete course work that will provide them with the necessary breadth and depth in their studies to prepare them for the academic challenges of college.

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  • CORE

    Community Outreach for Everyone (CORE) is Viewpoint’s community service honor society.  A student-led group composed of juniors and seniors, it provides leadership opportunities for students who foster volunteerism. CORE members act as the School’s community service liaisons, raise awareness for worthy causes, and plan events for non- profit organizations, as well as planning the School’s annual Community Service Day. CORE has been an integral part of Viewpoint’s character for over a decade, and its members are strongly committed to making positive changes in their world. It provides students who have a passion for helping others an opportunity to enrich their lives and become further involved in student life at Viewpoint. An application and community service hour minimum is required (see Community and School Service.)
  • Global Studies Institute

    Viewpoint’s Global Studies Institute recognizes students committed to the study of global issues and world languages. The program aims to provide students with a greater global perspective, educate students for the twenty-first century, encourage life-long learning, and recognize student commitment and passion for learning. To apply for membership in the Global Studies Institute, students must submit an application and complete the Global Studies Experience.  To become a Global Scholar, students must submit an application, take four full years of a single World Language at the Upper School level, take a full year of Global Core classes offered through the Viewpoint Social Studies Department, and fulfill a Global Study Experience requirement. 
  • Cum Laude Society

    The Cum Laude Society, established in 1906, is an international academic honor society which recognizes superior scholarship in secondary schools.  Since earning membership in 1992, Viewpoint’s chapter has dedicated itself to promoting intellectual activity among students.  Each year, the chapter sponsors a “Speakers at Lunch” series and produces a Coffee House evening showcase of student talent, in which all Upper School students are welcome to participate.  Members are selected by the faculty in junior or senior year, and new student members are inducted each spring. 
  • Founders' Club

    Viewpoint’s honorary student service organization was established in 1982 and is open to students in Grades Eleven and Twelve. Membership is based on academic achievement and involvement in extracurricular activities. Founders perform a variety of useful services to Viewpoint including hosting parents at various events and speaking at Open Houses for prospective families. They also assist the College Counseling Office with admission representative visits by providing a student perspective and campus tours.
  • Mu Alpha Theta National Math Honor Society

    Viewpoint’s chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, a national mathematics honor society, recognizes students who have demonstrated superior mathematical scholarship. The society is open to juniors and seniors who have maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 and a grade of A- or better in their two most recent years of math classes. The society selects and inducts new members during the fall.
  • Quill and Scroll Honor Society

    Since 2003, The Patriot, Viewpoint’s newspaper, has been a member of the Quill and Scroll Society. The Society consists of more than 14,000 charters within the United States, and is present in 44 foreign countries. Eligibility for membership in this honor society is determined by the following criteria: students must be enrolled in Journalism; be sophomores, juniors, or seniors; be in the top third of their class’ grade-point average, either for the year of election or for the cumulative total of all Upper School courses; finally, they must demonstrate outstanding work in production and publication of The Patriot.
  • Music Honor Society

    The Viewpoint Music Honor Society is an affiliated chapter of the Tri-M International Music Honor Society. It recognizes students for their musical skill, achievement, and contribution to the school music program based on a written application, audition, and participation in an Upper School music ensemble for at least four semesters. Audition opportunities are offered once a year. Past activities have included sponsorship of expert lectures, the Battle of the Bands, a Music Honor Society solo and ensemble recital, and assistance with Lower and Middle School music classes.
  • Science National Honor Society

    The purpose of Viewpoint’s chapter of the Science National Honor Society is to encourage participation in and recognition of scientific and intellectual thought, to advance the student’s knowledge of classical and modern science, and to involve our community in the enjoyment and comprehension of science. The society is open to seniors who have maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 and a semester grade of B+ or better in all science classes. Students must have completed a first year honors class and be enrolled in or completed a second year advanced class. The society selects and inducts new members during the fall.
  • World Language Honor Societies

    Language Honor Societies recognize students’ achievements in mastery of French, Latin, Spanish, and Chinese. Membership is determined by the criteria outlined by the National Honor Society organization of each language. During World Languages Week the honor societies participate in numerous activities designed to promote interest in the study of world languages and international cultures.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Program

Several years ago, Viewpoint became one of the first schools in the United States to sponsor the Duke of Edinburgh’s Young American’s Challenge International Award. On May 11, 2007, 45 Viewpoint students were among the first in the country to receive the Bronze Award. The ceremony was held in the Carlson Family Theater in the presence of His Royal Highness The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Founded by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, the International Award is an exciting self-development program available to young people worldwide equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities, and their world. To date, over seven million young people from over 132 countries have been motivated to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities to meet the requirements of this award.

Details about the program:
  • Students in Viewpoint’s Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Grades are eligible to enter the program this year to earn the Bronze Award.
  • To earn an award, students and their advisors at Viewpoint will design a set of personal goals in four different areas: Service to Others, Adventurous Journey, Practical or Vocational Life Skills, and Physical Recreation.
  • There are three levels of the award: Bronze requires six months of participation; Silver requires an additional six months; and Gold requires an additional 12 months of participation. All students must complete their goals to earn their awards. Click here for more information on the Bronze level. Click here for more information on the Silver and Gold levels.
Who Should Enter this Program
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Program is entirely optional. We offer it at Viewpoint as a unique opportunity, and do not wish to appear to be exerting any influence to do so. The academic demands of Viewpoint School and our students’ many out-of-class commitments are considerable. Students and their families should carefully consider undertaking this additional challenge.

Students who wish to enter the Duke of Edinburgh’s Program should:
  • Be students in good standing at Viewpoint, academically and behaviorally.
  • Be willing and able to commit additional time beyond their current activities at Viewpoint and outside of Viewpoint.
  • Have a history of being entirely responsible and conscientious about their duties.
  • Be students who have cheerfully and consistently been observant of all the School’s rules and requirements, including dress code, parking rules, and attendance requirements.
  • Please know that Viewpoint expects to offer this program in the coming years. Thus, students who do not have the time or inclination to pursue these awards in the current school year may do so in future years.
How to Participate
Students who wish to participate in this exciting program and meet all of the requirements stated above, should contact Alan Howie, Head of Upper School, at 818-591-6466 or A letter from the student will be required which should include the their reasons for wishing to enter the program, and the student’s assessment of his or her schedule in that current school year which will allow time for the program. For further information about the program, consult