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GCCHS Beta Club Info

GCCHS charters a chapter of the National Beta Club. Membership in the GCCHS Beta Club is open to all students entering grades 4-11 that embody the Four Pillars of National Beta: Achievement, Character, Leadership, and Service. National Beta is divided into Junior Beta and Senior Beta.

What is the National Beta Club?
National Beta is the largest, non-profit, educational youth organization in America. Committed to recognizing high academic achievement, rewarding and nurturing worthy character, National Beta fosters leadership skills and encourages service to others. It was founded in 1934 and has worked with nearly seven million students. There are more than 445,000 active members and more than 9,600 nationally and internationally. National Beta Club offers leadership opportunities up to a national level, leadership summits, college scholarships, competition / camaraderie at state convention, graduation honors, plus other benefits. National Beta is recognized as a credible honor society and will look great on resumes. You can find more information at www.betaclub.org.

What is the difference between Senior Beta and Jr. Beta?
Senior Beta is for high school students. Students must be successfully performing at a high school level academically. The minimum age for GCCHS Senior Beta is 14 years old. Students must be 14 years old as of August 1.
Jr. Beta is for upper elementary and middle school students. Jr. Beta is divided into two divisions - Division I includes grades 4-5 and Division II includes grades 6-8. Students joining Division I must be 9 years old as of August 1. Students in Division II must be 11 years old as of August 1.

What are the criteria to join the GCCHS Beta Club?
You must be a GCCHS member in good standing. (If you are not a member of GCCHS, please visit www.gcchstx.com to join during open membership time.) The National Beta Club is an honor society. Since there is no uniform grading scale for homeschoolers, we cannot set an academic benchmark for membership. We are letting the parents and students decide if Beta is a good fit for the student. Students that wish to participate in GCCHS Beta should exemplify worthy, moral, and ethical character, exemplary achievement, and commendable character. The motto for National Beta is: Let Us Lead by Serving Others. Our Beta club will promote the principles of the Beta Creed: Honesty, Service, Responsibility, Humility, Justice, Cooperation, Industriousness, and Charity. Members will be held to high standards and expected to attend monthly meetings and club events. Members agree to complete a minimum of 50 service hours throughout the school year (about 5 hours a month). These hours can be done with the club or individually. On January 1 of each year, sponsors will review the participation of each member. If a member is not on track to complete the requirements and have not communicated their reasons to a sponsor, they will be placed on probation. If they do not meet the requirements by the deadline of April 15, they will be removed from the club and will be ineligible to join the following school year.

How much are the yearly dues for GCCHS Beta?
The dues can vary each year. For the 2022-2023 school year, the membership costs for each student was $50. This cost covers National Beta dues, a club t-shirt, and other events and projects that arise throughout the year. This cost may increase or decrease next year. The students' interest in convention and other events will determine the expenses.

When and where will GCCHS Beta meet?
Meeting location and time are determined at the start of each year. Currently, we met online via zoom. We encourage service and social activities to meet in person.

What is the deadline for signing up for Beta Club?
Beta Club new member registration is open June 5 - August 25, 2023. We must adhere to this deadline in order to order club t-shirts, certificates from the National Office, and prepare for upcoming events.

For questions or more information, please email gcchsbetaclub@gmail.com.