The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle level students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character. These attributes have been associated with membership in the organization since its inception in 1929. Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of the NJHS and its high school counterpart, the National Honor Society (NHS).
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.
NJHS is more than just academic recognition. Our Lady of Fatima's chapter of NJHS established guidelines for selection that are based upon student's outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship and character.
Scholarship: A student's first semester grading report in 7th and 8th grades determines eligibility in NJHS. Students must have attended Our Lady of Fatima at least one semester to be considered and have a cumulative scholastic average of at least 93 in the core courses of religion, math, history, English, literature and science, with no conduct grade below "E". Faculty members and the principal evaluate and the make the final selection of prospective members in the specified areas. No prospective candidates will be considered if they receive more than two "below averages" in any area. Also, any in-school or external suspension results in permanent dismissal from the National Junior Honor Society.
Service: This quality is defined as the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, without direct financial or material compensation to the individual performing the service.
Leadership: Student leaders are often viewed as those who are resourceful, good problem-solvers, involved in and promoters of school activities, idea contributors, dependable and persons who are both organized and good organizers. Experiences to be considered under the Leadership criterion may include activities that originate in the school or community or both.
Citizenship: The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic involvement; has high regard for freedom, justice and democracy; and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement in activities such as scouting, community organizations or school clubs.
Character: The student of good character is said to be one who upholds principles of morality and ethics; is cooperative and responsible; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern and respect for others; and generally maintains a positive outlook on life. Chapters consider the values and traditions of both the local school and community when defining the character criterion.
Selection Process: students are advised if they meet the academic criterion and are invited to apply for membership in NJHS. Selection is made by a vote of the Our Lady of Fatima Faculty Committee. The NJHS sponsor/adviser supervises the selection process and coordinates the induction ceremony each year.