With a change in advisers and an effort to simplify both the NJHS and NHS programs at PACT, we are moving from a fall induction model to a spring induction model. This year will be the last year fall applications are accepted. Visit the applications page for more details about how the application process works by grade level.
How is this transition going to work? The 2017-18 school year will be a mix of both models.
We'll still hold our fall 2017 application pool, as indicated last spring and at open house, but on an abbreviated timeline. The fall 2017 application deadline is Friday, September 22, 2017. After this date, the faculty council will review the applications and admit members.
Admitted members will start attending meetings and participating in service projects.
We'll have a spring application pool in March 2018. These applications will be reviewed by a faculty council. Admitted members from both fall 2017 and spring 2018 will be formally inducted at a ceremony in April.
In the future, we'll only have a spring application pool. Students inducted in April will attend the May NJHS/NHS meeting to vote on officers and start the next school year as contributing members.
Who is eligible for NJHS membership?
To be eligible for induction into National Junior Honor Society, a student must meet the following criteria:
Be in grades seven, eight, or nine;
Be in good academic standing (GPA of 3.2 or higher or at least a B average);
Demonstrates exemplary leadership, character, service, and scholarship (the four pillars of NJHS)
I think my son/daughter is an eligible candidate. How does he/she apply for membership?
All interested students should contact Ms. Ruppert for an application starting in February. All application materials must be submitted by the due date to be considered.
What does the application process entail?
Eligible students will receive an application from the chapter adviser. They should complete the application and required materials by the due date in order to be considered.
What is the candidate/membership selection process?
All complete applications that are submitted are presented to the Faculty Council, which is made up of teacher representatives from various departments. The Council reviews each individual application for candidacy and votes whether to accept or reject the student based on the completeness of the application, school/community activity involvement, demonstration of the four pillars of NJHS (leadership, service, character, and scholarship).
If a student is selected as an NJHS candidate, he/she will be formally inducted and then begin attending meetings, participating in NJHS events, accruing service hours, and fulfilling membership expectations as outlined in the contract.
What happens once a member moves on to 10th grade?
If the student is interested in moving up to the National Honor Society (for grades 10-12), he/she will not have to fill out a new application. Rather, the process for transitioning members involves accruing letters of recommendation as well as building a resume of NJHS service with a cover letter. More details for the 2017-2018 school year can be found here: Transition Members
Once inducted into NJHS, what are the ongoing membership requirements?
Must attend NJHS meetings.
Must participate in NJHS group service projects, activities, and fundraising efforts.
Must complete at least 10 service hours per school year through projects and opportunities presented on this website.
Must maintain a weighted GPA of 3.2 throughout the student's membership period.
Must maintain the NJHS standards of leadership and character. Violations of the NJHS standards of character and leadership include but are not limited to: drinking, smoking, use of illegal drugs, cheating, plagiarizing, harassment, and destruction of property. Violation of NJHS standards will result in loss of membership.