National Junior Honor Society

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) at Key Middle School

NJHS Sponsors: Marci Dietrich - [email protected], Suzy Corcoran - [email protected], Kayla Schmidt - [email protected]

According to the NJHS website the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) was established in 1929 and is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship.

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Who is eligible for membership in the NJHS at Key Middle School?

Students in 8th grade who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and have followed the Key Middle School tenets of respect, responsibility and readiness are eligible to apply. The application requires the completion of two essays and three teacher recommendations. All students who are accepted into the NJHS must sign an “Expectations Contract,” stating that they will maintain excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Citizenship, Service & Character.

Who chooses inductees into the NJHS at Key Middle School?

After students fill out and return the required forms, their qualifications will be reviewed by the members of Key’s NJHS committee. The committee is a group of faculty members who make the final decision about who will be invited for induction into the NJHS. Following their decision, parents and students will be notified of the final decisions and the procedures to be followed for the induction ceremony.

When are Induction Ceremonies held?

This year our induction ceremony will be held virtually on February 4th, 2021 at 6:00 PM.

What is the NJHS Advisory?

Key Middle School has a unique class with the NJHS Advisory Group. This class has two sections of 15 students each, run by the two sponsors. The Advisory group students are the leaders of the NJHS and use their leadership skills to plan service hours, work with teachers around the school and promote the five NJHS tenets of Scholarship, Citizenship, Leadership, Service and Character for the student body at Key.

Does membership in NJHS affect future membership in NHS (National Honor Society)?

NJHS membership is separate from and not considered when students enter high school. Whether or not you join NJHS will not affect future membership in NHS. Please note that each high school has its own admission requirements.

Characteristics of an Exemplary NJHS Candidate


Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 (on a 4.0 scale), as established by Key Middle School’s Faculty Council, meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, character and citizenship.


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.


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.


A 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.


The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic involvement; has a high regard for freedom, justice, and respect for the American form of government; and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, community organizations, and school clubs.