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, leadership, service, citizenship, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1929.
Five main purposes have guided chapters of NJHS from the beginning: to create enthusiasm for scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote leadership; to encourage responsible citizenship; and to develop character in the students of secondary schools. These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter.
Information about Downing’s NJHS chapter:
Induction into the Downing NJHS chapter is based on five characteristics. These are scholarship, leadership, citizenship, character, and service.
Students grades are reviewed at the end of the first semester in both 7th and 8th grade. Most students are inducted into NJHS in the spring of their 7th-grade year. In order to qualify for the academic portion of NJHS, a student must have a cumulative semester average of 92 or above. Core academic courses and courses for high school credit are calculated into the semester average. A GPA report will be run by the counselors and given to the NJHS sponsor. Elective courses are not figured into the cumulative average.
If they are inducted, they will begin their 8th-grade year in NJHS. If students do not qualify in 7th grade or did not return their application, they have an opportunity to be inducted in 8th grade after the first-semester grades post. Once the scholarship requirement has been met, students are given an application to fill out which allows them to describe how they meet the other four characteristics. Students are also asked to write an essay with their application. All applications must be completed with signatures by the assigned deadline. Applications are evaluated and those that meet the requirements are invited to be inducted into our NJHS chapter.
Once admitted to NJHS, students must maintain a 92 GPA in core courses. Students whose GPA falls below a 92 average will be placed on probation. Two successive grading periods with GPAs below 92 may result in the student being dropped from membership. Students must earn two service hours every month. They must also attend 80% of the meetings. They must also maintain personal aspects of character and integrity. Any disciplinary action involving cheating, falsifying parent signatures, or office referrals may result in probation or expulsion from NJHS membership.