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National Jr Honor Society


National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is more than just an honor roll. Each Honor Society chapter establishes rules for membership that are based upon a student's outstanding performance in the areas of: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, Character, and Citizenship (for NJHS). These criteria for selection form the foundation upon which the organization and its activities are built.

Students who have a cumulative grade point average 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent standard of excellence, or a higher cumulative average set by the local school's Faculty Council, meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, and character and citizenship for NJHS. [top]

This quality is defined through the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit. [top]

Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others. [top]

The student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others, and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle. [top]

The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic involvement, has a high regard for freedom, justice, and democracy, and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, community organizations, and school clubs. [top]

Once a school has established a chapter, all membership selection for individual students is handled through the local school chapter.  Specific standards for these criteria may vary from one school to the next. Such variations are acceptable as long as they do not fall below the national standards set by the National Council of the NHS and NJHS. All chapters are required to publish the procedures used in their local selection processes. The Honor Society adviser also maintains copies of the local procedures and has them available upon request.


Students in the second semester 7th & 8th grades in a school with both an official charter of the National Junior Honor Society and an up-to-date affiliation with the NJHS national office are eligible for consideration for membership in NJHS. Students must have completed the equivalent of three semesters of enrollment.

Students interested in becoming a member of the Honor Society should check with the chapter's faculty adviser at school. The NJHS advisor at Mountainair Junior High School is Kimber Sanchez.

All selection of new Honor Society members is undertaken at the local chapter (school) level. The Faculty Council, a committee comprised of faculty members, will be evaluated for demonstrating the five traits esteemed by the National Junior Honor Society. The selection of each member to the chapter shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council. Prior to notification of any candidates, the chapter adviser shall review with the principal the results of the Faculty Council’s deliberations.

Once a candidate is selected by the Faculty Council, a student is awarded membership in the local chapter at a special induction ceremony. Members maintain active participation in NJHS while enrolled at a school with an active chapter.