If your school had a chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) when you were younger, you knew that an invitation to membership was the pinnacle of prestige and honor.
Membership in National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) may be an ideal opportunity for those students who are ambitious and particularly high achievers.
How Can Your Student Become an NJHS Member?
First, you will need to learn if your child’s school has an NJHS chapter. If so, check with the school’s main office or website to identify the chapter adviser. The adviser is a faculty member who will be able to tell you the cumulative GPA required for consideration and a timeline when students who meet this benchmark will be invited to submit information to be considered for membership.
If your school does not have a chapter, encourage your principal to learn how to start a chapter. (Please note that NJHS membership is managed solely through the school and its chapter membership guidelines. The NJHS national office does not contact students individually.)
Students in grades 6–9 who meet the requirements for membership outlined by their school’s chapter are eligible to be invited for membership.
Students must be in their second semester of sixth grade for consideration. Ninth grade students are only eligible for inclusion in NJHS if they attend a middle level school. Ninth grade students in a traditional 9-12 high school are not eligible for NJHS membership.
Each chapter is required to publish its qualifications for membership, which is based on the five pillars of NJHS:
Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent standard of excellence. (Each school chapter is allowed to require a higher cumulative GPA.)
This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation.
Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.
The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic engagement; has a high regard for freedom and justice; respects democracy; respects the law for all citizens at the local, state, and federal levels; and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility in activities such as scouting, community organizations, or school clubs.
Students who meet the scholarship requirement will have an opportunity to complete a form detailing their accomplishments in and commitment to service, leadership, character, and citizenship.
Understanding the Obligations of Membership
Students who accept membership and are inducted into the chapter should be aware of the time and commitment involved with this honor. For example, there will be chapter meetings. The chapter bylaws should articulate the yearly meeting schedule and member attendance obligations. Members also must participate in chapter and individual service projects to benefit the school and community. Contact the chapter adviser to obtain a full list of the obligations of membership for the school’s chapter.