Societa' Onoraria Italica (Italian Honor Society)

Chapter Name:  Dante Alighieri

Moderator - Mrs. Jeanette Saponaro

The Società Onoraria Italica is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI) for secondary schools. The purpose of this organization is to stimulate interest in the study of Italian, to give recognition to scholarship achievement in Italian and to promote an understanding and appreciation of Italian culture and civilization.

Italian instructors of each school chapter must be members of the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI).


Resurrection Società Onoraria Italica requirements:

93% (A-) or higher for both semesters of Italian 1

93% (A-) or higher for both semesters of Honors Italian 2

93% (A-) or higher for 1st semester of Honors Italian 3



  • Students are inducted in their 3rd or 4th year of Honors Italian.
  • It is expected that students maintain a 93% average or higher for five semesters. However, a student will be considered if one of these semesters was a 91% or 92% (B+).
  • Students are required and pledge continued commitment to the study of Italian by studying the language in Honors Italian 4.
  • Seniors in Honors Italian 4, maintaining a 93% or higher average, will receive a red cord upon graduation.
  • A student will be dropped from Società Onoraria Italica if she does not continue studying the language in the 4th year and is ineligible for a red cord.
  • Inducted seniors enrolled in Honors Italian 3, who have maintained an A- average for six semesters will receive a red cord.
  • Students are required to tutor in Italian for NHS.
  • Students are required to maintain a bulletin board in Italian to promote language and culture.
  • Service project: Students are required, as a group, to plan, organize and donate a “gift basket” toward a school sponsored fundraiser.
  • Students inducted into the Resurrection College Prep High School’s Dante Alighieri Chapter of Società Onoraria Italica receive a certificate of recognition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI).