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History Eligibility Application

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.

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.  Chapter dues are $30.  This fee is waived for families with an active Nebraska Homeschool membership.

Eta Sigma Alpha Mission

"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.




Eligibility Requirements


Application Process


1. Complete the online application.  You will need to upload the following items before submitting the online application.

  • Upload a copy of your NDE Acknowledgement Letter for your exempt school.  The scanned image of the NDE Acknowledgment Letter must be for the current academic year bearing the name of the student.  We can accept a copy of the NDE acknowledgment hardcopy letter for those who applied for exempt status via mail, or a copy of the NDE acknowledgment email for those who applied for exempt status online.  
  • Upload your official test scores.  The scanned image must be an unaltered, official copy of your SAT, ACT, PSAT, CLT, Iowa test scores or Stanford test scores.  If the scanned image is not clear, we may ask for you to send us one in the mail.


Maintaining Membership