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National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)

Hillel Academy is an affiliated chapter of the National Junior Honor Society for Middle School students.Membership in the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a middle school student. Our chapter strives to give practical meaning to the Society’s standards of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. These five ideals are considered as the basis for selection and reflect Jewish Values that are deemed an important aspect of the Hillel Academy experience. No student is inducted simply because of a high academic average. The National Junior Honor Society strives to recognize the total student—one who excels in all of these areas. Regardless of your child’s grade, we hope that this email will help you and your child understand the process and how to prepare in advance if interested.

The standards used for selection are:

  • Scholarship: 3.0 cumulative average beginning in 6th Grade
  • Leadership, service, character, and citizenship: as demonstrated by students’ involvement in activities and teacher evaluations of character.

More detailed information about the application process and what to expect as an NJHS Member can be found here:

NJHS FAQ’s: Everything You Need to Know About Hillel Academy’s Chapter of NJHS

How 6th graders can prepare for membership

Students in 6th grade that are interested in becoming NJHS Members in 7th grade can involve themselves in activities to enhance their qualifications for membership.In addition to maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA, students must engage in at least one leadership and at least one service activity. Leadership roles consist of those in which the student is responsible for directing or motivating others. Examples are: elected officer for a club, committee chairperson, team captain, camp counselor, girl scout/cub scout leader, work area manager, or other community leader. Service activities are those that are done for or on behalf of others (not including immediate family members) for which no compensation (monetary or other) has been given.Examples are: volunteering for the food bank/Humane Society/other non-profit organization, participating in a beach clean-up, or volunteering for the synagogue. Participation in B’nai Mitzvah projects can be used for consideration. Honors and awards, while not a required part of membership, will also be used for consideration.

Students have the opportunity to apply in 7th grade or in 8th grade.

Faculty involvement

The NJHS advisor oversees monthly meetings, oversees individual and group projects, acts as the student advocate and does not have voting rights.Lydia Abrams is the NJHS chapter advisor. The Faculty Council votes on acceptance for membership and are involved if any disciplinary concerns arise among NJHS members.The Faculty Council for the 2019-2020 school year are: Jessica Wittcoff, Michael Gamson, Rebecca Guindine, Idit Hacham and Maritza Patet. Final authority, decisions, appeals, and disciplinary actions reside with Allison Oakes as Head of School.

Please feel free to contact Lydia Abrams at to answer any questions.

We look forward to our first year of chapter affiliation with NJHS and to supporting our students through this process.

Related Forms

More information about the National Junior Honor Society can be found at: