NJHS History and Requirements


Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 85 percent, B, 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent standard of excellence, or a higher cumulative average set by the local school's Faculty Council, meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, and character (and citizenship for NJHS).


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. 


The 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, and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle. 


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

Criteria for Selection in NJHS for your 8th grade year

7th Grade – Must have a cumulative grade average of 90% or higher in four core classes (Math, ELA, Science, and History).

8th Grade – Maintain a 90% or higher average in your four core classes. 

Complete 10 hours of community service during the summer. 

Complete 25 hours of community service during your 8th grade school year. 

Community Service Opportunities

Churches, community groups, business groups, neighborhood groups, daycare, nursing homes, helping teachers, etc.