The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) sponsors the National Junior
Honor Society. The purpose of the NJHS is fourfold:
(1) to develop an enthusiasm for scholarship
(2) to stimulate a desire to render service
(3) to promote leadership
(4) to develop character.
The National NHS Constitution governs all chapters. Local needs and conditions are addressed through chapter bylaws. At the National level, the National Council and NASSP Board of Directors are responsible for administering the affairs of NJHS. Locally, the principal reserves the right to approve all activities and decisions of the chapter, except in the case of a dismissal appeal through normal school district appeal channels. The chapter advisor is responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the chapter. The faculty council establishes, implements and reviews dismissal procedures.
Membership is open to seventh and eighth grade students. Active members must maintain honor
roll status and meet other obligations as determined by the chapter. All members shall participate in chapter service projects and are expected to be active in supporting the ideals of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Members become graduate members upon graduation.
Selection is based on four criteria: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. To fulfill the scholarship requirement, students must have a cumulative scholastic average of at least 3.5 from grades 6 to their present level. Leadership is based on the student’s participation in one or more community activities and one or more school activities. To meet the service requirement, the student must have been active in one or more service projects in the school or community. Character is measured in terms of integrity, behavior, ethics, and
cooperation with both faculty and students. The faculty council screens the students. Students may not apply for membership. Membership is an honor bestowed upon a select group of students (those who fulfill the four criteria) by the faculty council on behalf of the school faculty.
Members shall be governed by the discipline/dismissal code set forth by the faculty council in accordance with the guidelines mandated by the national council and the NASSP Board of Directors.