What is NJHS?
The National Junior Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1929.
Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in official Honor Society activities. NHS and NJHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
Why Join NJHS?
NJHS members can prepare for high school, plus whatever comes their way after graduation. To make them ready for college and a career, they’ll have exclusive access to robust tools and resources:
- Leadership development, motivation, and inspiration gained through their own chapter.
- Access to innovative leadership cultivation and career exploration
- Service projects, both by the chapter and individual, allow members to build teamwork capabilities, hone project management aptitude, and make friends—all valuable life skills
- Unique member-only college admission and planning resources, integrating web and social media platforms
- Help with financing college education through the NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award, which each year recognizes 500 exceptional NJHS members who best reflect the values of membership with a college savings award
How does a student become a member of NJHS?
Membership is by invitation only, based on the student’s academic grades and respectability. A student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.8, show leadership, provide service, have good character, and demonstrate upright citizenship. A panel of 5 faculty members will examine the student’s records and considered the student for membership based on these qualities. Since this is our first year, 7th and 8th graders will be voted in for membership this first semester, and 6th graders will be voted in after the first 2 grading periods. Going forward, 7th and 8th graders will be included in the subsequent years, and 6th graders will be inducted after the first two grading periods of each year.
Once accepted, what are the membership requirements of NJHS?
Our chapter of NJHS will meet once a month. In these meetings, we will be choosing our service projects, discussing academic issues, helping other people, and generally discussing any topics that are relevant to the group We plan to have at least one service project a year, but we are hopeful that our group can do more. The service project(s) will be voted on and decided by the NJHS members, and 100% participation is expected.
We’re very excited to have this opportunity at Millhopper Montessori.