National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)

National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony table with candles and book for members to sign.

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) elevates a school’s commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship and helps middle-level students develop the knowledge and skills to become well-rounded student leaders in their school, community, and beyond.

NJHS chapters operate in all 50 states and schools around the world, engaging and serving more than one million students.

Reflecting school leaders’ profound commitment to student leadership development, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) founded NJHS in 1928 with the purpose of creating enthusiasm for scholarship; stimulating a desire to render service; promoting leadership; encouraging responsible citizenship; and developing character in secondary school students.

In addition to NJHS, NASSP founded and manages the National Honor Society (est. in 1921), National Student Council (est. in 1931), and National Elementary Honor Society (est. in 2008).


To apply to the NJHS, applicants must first be invited by their school. Once invited, students are asked to fill out the following application. (NOTE: The 2022-23 application period has ended. Please check back in Fall 2023 for the new application.)

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