National Junior Honor Society

Harry M. Bailey Middle School

National Junior Honor Society

What is National Junior Honor Society?

Established in 1929, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is one of the nation's premier organizations 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, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1929.

Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of the NHS (High School) and NJHS (Middle School). NHS and NJHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. Territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but also challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

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Who is eligible for NJHS?

At Bailey MS, in accordance with national standards set by NJHS, students will first qualify for the induction process through their demonstration of success in the area of scholarship.  That means, students in 7th or 8th grade with a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher (2 out of the first 3 marking periods at Bailey MS) can make a student eligible for consideration, but does not guarantee selection.  Certified faculty members will evaluate students in the remaining areas of Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship.  Therefore, just because a student qualifies based on their cumulative GPA (scholarship), does not mean they will automatically be inducted into the NJHS as all criteria will be considered.


Where can I find my GPA?

All GPA’s are printed on the quarterly report card.


Who selects inductees for the NJHS?

The Faculty Council selects inductees for the NJHS.  After the required evaluation forms from certified faculty members have been submitted, our Faculty Council will review them.  The Faculty Council is an anonymous group of faculty members who make recommendations about who will be invited for induction into the NJHS.  The Faculty Council also serves as the group who determines if a member should be dismissed because of a failure to meet expectations in one of the five areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, or Citizenship. The NJHS advisors do not have a vote on the Faculty Council and will not be making any decisions regarding acceptance, rejection, or dismissal.


What does an exemplary NJHS candidate look like?


Eligibility Criteria for NJHS Selection


Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or higher (2 out of first 3 marking periods at Bailey MS) meet the scholarship requirement for membership and are eligible to move on in the process. Next, these students will be considered on the basis of service, leadership, character and citizenship.



This quality is defined by a student’s willingness to render any service to school, including helping other students in class, willingness to render worthwhile service to school community and willingness to aid faculty.



Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, individuals who exemplify positive attitudes and exert type of leadership that directly influences others for good.  Student leaders exhibit leadership in the classroom as well as within the school community.


The student of admirable character upholds principles of morality and 
ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others, takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously.  



A student demonstrates citizenship by contributing ideas that improve civic life of school, cooperates by complying with school rules, (i.e. rules concerning school property, hallway behavior, school attendance, classroom punctuality, behavior, etc.…) and readiness to show courtesy by assisting faculty, visitors and students.


The Bailey Middle School certified faculty will evaluate service, leadership,

character and citizenship qualities based upon the above criteria.

Disciplinary incidents will be considered by administration as possible

disqualifiers for membership. All areas will be reviewed and voted on by

the Faculty Council and all this will be reviewed by the principal for

acceptance into the NJHS. All reviews and selections will be free of

speculation and rumor.



Bailey Middle School

National Junior Honor Society


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