NJHS » Requirements



National Junior Honor Society is an organization that recognizes FIVE ideals: citizenship, character, leadership, scholarship, and service.  Students must participate in activities that show evidence of these criteria. Though some activities may be listed in both Citizenship/Service and Leadership, students may count them in one category only.  

Citizenship/Service: Students must show involvement in the community, without monetary compensation or recognition to score well on the candidate rubric and to maintain membership.  If the candidate or member does not use one of these examples, please contact Ms. Sandin or Mrs. Pacheco to have the activity reviewed.

Citizenship:  Students need to participate in activities to score well on the candidate rubric.  
Service:  All candidates and members must complete TEN hours of volunteer work before the due date announced each year.

Citizenship Examples:   
  • School Sponsored:   Interscholastic Sports, Sports Team Manager, Jazz Band, All State Music, Drama Club, Yearbook, Student Council, Science Olympiad, Project Respect, etc.
  • Boy/Girl Scouts
  • Clubs sponsored outside of school
  • Community dance or drama
  • Non-paid babysitting or tutoring of non-family member
  • Religious sponsored civic activities
  • Volunteer groups
    Service Examples:
  • Boy/Girl Scouts service projects
  • Service done with school clubs/groups
  • Service done for community groups
  • Non-paid babysitting or tutoring of non-family member
  • Religious-sponsored civic activities
  • Volunteer groups
  • Play music for/visit senior citizens or nursing home residents
  • Participate in the organization of fundraisers
  • Collect food donations for a local charity
  • Collect clothes, blankets, shoes, jackets, toiletries, etc. for homeless shelters
  • Collect supplies for children and women who are in need at women’s shelters
  • Volunteer at a local animal shelter, retirement home, or church
  • Create get well cards for children in hospitals
  • Write thank you notes/cards to military members
  • Help neighbors with yard work

Leadership: Students need to show that they have guided a group of students or another individual to score well on the candidate rubric. Also acceptable are demonstrations of how they take a leadership role by setting a good example, encouraging others to follow a good path, etc.  The activity can happen periodically or it may just occur on one occasion.  If the candidate does not use one of these examples, please contact Ms. Sandin or Mrs. Pacheco to have the activity reviewed.
  • Officer of any group, club or committee
  • Patrol leader in Boy Scout/Girl Scout events that leads younger troops
  • Captain of a sports team for the season
  • Editor of the yearbook
  • Active leadership role in a class/peer tutoring verified by the teacher of the class
  • Taking on an unpaid “teacher like” role in events in or outside of school (e.g. teaching a Sunday school class, teacher assistant in school, dance assistant, swim instructor, etc.)
  • Section leader in band, chorus, orchestra, strings, or All State Music participant

Scholarship:  Students must maintain an 85 (B) overall average each quarter ( 3.36 GPA of a 4.3 possible), and receive passing grades in all classes in order to be invited to join and to remain a member.
Character: NJHS students should follow the code of behavior in the school setting to score well on the rubric and maintain membership. Character includes traits of honesty, fairness, courtesy, tolerance, cooperation, and striving daily to make the right choices.  Disciplinary referrals can be grounds for dismissal from the organization and are determined at the discretion of HHMS administration.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you use the same activity for Citizenship and Leadership?
  • No, the candidate may not use the same activity for more than one category.
Do all categories need to be completed?
  • Yes, in order for the candidate's application to be considered complete, he or she must properly address each category: Community Service Hours (10), Leadership, and Citizenship.
Do all entries need to be from this school year?
  • Yes, entries from the summer before (July and August) and the current school year are accepted.

                                                        THE RUBRIC BELOW WILL BE USED BY THE FACULTY COUNCIL TO DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY: