Downingtown Middle School

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)

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, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1929. The DMS chapter of NJHS begins its selection process after the third marking period of the school year. A comprehensive committee of faculty members judges all applications based on the following criteria:

Scholarship

A minimum 3.857 cumulative unweighted GPA out of 7 total class periods. This equates to approximately 6 As and 1 B (Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies, World Language, 2 Encores).

Service

Minimum of one significant service project or membership to a group that centers on service.

Leadership and Character

Teachers will provide information to the committee in regards to the student’s demonstration of the characteristics as defined by NJHS:

   § Leadership: Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can  be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.

   § Character: The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.

Citizenship

Credit will be awarded for “mature participation and responsibility in activities such as scouting, community organizations, or school clubs.” Minimum of one school club or school activity with additional weight given to outside organizations.

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