World Language Honor Society

  • World Language Honor Society Coordinator & Spanish Chapter Advisor:
    Lisa Rodriguez (503) 673-7815 ext. 4808

    Chinese Chapter Advisor:
    Anna Gustafson (503) 673-815 ext. 4855

    French Chapter Advisor:
    Erin O'Malley (503) 673-7815 ext. 4805

    Japanese Chapter Advisor:
    Carolyn Hawes (503) 673-7815 ext. 4853

About World Language Honor Society

  • World Language Honor Society is an opportunity for students currently enrolled in a world language class at West Linn High School. Membership signifies a student's dedication and passion for language and making global connections. Members further pledge to promote friendship and understanding between their country and others, in the hope that all may live in peace.

    Applications for membership can be found below via Google Forms. While each nationally-recognized society may differ slightly by language in terms of membership criteria, the application process is the same for each language. Please refer to your respective application below for any language-specific criteria. There are no meetings nor commitments associated with membership. Membership is based solely on coursework and academics. 

    Honors cords are reserved for students who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to their language studies by continuing with their coursework as far as possible in high school. Honor cord eligibility may vary by language society and is subject to their respective bylaws. Typically, only senior members in level 4/5/AP or equivalent of their language or students who have maxed out on their language course options prior to senior year are eligible to receive an Honors cord to wear at graduation. 

Important Dates 2023-2024

  • One-time membership fees for new applicants are due to the Bookkeeper by Friday, April 12th.

    You do not need to pay your one-time fee until applications/eligibility has been reviewed. Once accepted, you will receive an email from Sra. Lisa Rodriguez notifying you that a charge has been added to your student account, at which point you can pay. 

    To pay your fee, choose one of the options below:
    *Note: Currently, there are issues with the online system and you are unable to pay your fee online. 
    1. Pay your fee in person (cash/check/card), directly to Ms. Freeman at the Bookkeeper's office in front of the Counseling office. Her office is open Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm. Payments will not be accepted during class.
    2. Mail a check ($30 for Chinese, $20 for all other languages) to the school, made out to West Linn High School. Be sure to include your (student) first and last name and "World Language Honor Society fee" on the memo line. The envelope should be addressed to the following:

            West Linn High School c/o Brenda Freeman
            5464 W A Street
            West Linn, OR 97068
    *Please note that credit card payments cannot be taken over the phone.

    Tuesday, April 23rd @ 6:30pm in PAC - World Language Recognition Night
    *Please note: New inductees who have outstanding membership fees by the event will not receive their certificate until they have paid with the bookkeeper. See instructions above.



Membership Qualifications

  • Please read through qualifications carefully as they may differ slightly by language.


    • Grade Level: 9-12
    • Course Level: Be in or have completed your 4th semester of high school Chinese (middle school Chinese does not count)
    • Academic Performance: Hold a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 or better in your high school Chinese studies
    • One-time fee: $30
    • National Chinese Honor Society bylaws


    • Grade Level: 9-12
    • Course Level: French 2 or higher
    • Academic Performance: Finish first term with an A (90%) or better AND hold a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher in your high school French studies
    • One-time fee: $20
    • National French Honor Society bylaws


    • Grade Level: 9-12
    • Course Level: Japanese 2 or higher
    • Academic Performance: Hold a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or better in your high school Japanese studies AND hold a cumulative unweighted overall GPA of 3.0 or better 
    • One-time fee: $20
    • National Japanese Honor Society bylaws


    Eligibility varies by course history/experience. Please read carefully! 

    Eligibility for Regular Membership

    • At least a 10th grader in high school Spanish 2 or higher
    • holds a cumulative, weighted GPA of 3.5 or better in high school Spanish studies. 

    Eligibility for Ambassador Membership*

    • Completed K-8 Dual Language Program and is at least a 10th grader, or;
    • Is a 9th grader in the highest level of Spanish offered at WLHS (currently, AP Spanish Language & Culture )
    • holds a cumulative, weighted GPA of 3.5 or better in high school Spanish studies. 

    *Ambassador Members may receive all the benefits of Regular SHH membership, including being eligible for the Honors cord upon graduation.

Applications by Language