The selection criteria for the National Junior Honor Society are based on the pillars of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character. With the exception of scholarship, students will not automatically be disqualified for a lack of indicators under any of the pillars. These indicators simply provide the bases upon which the Faculty Council may select candidates for induction into the NJHS. These will be assessed by reviewing the student’s completed application and also by a brief interview by a subset of the Faculty Council.
Students will be considered for the NJHS if they have maintained a 90 average in all core academic or High School credit course classes at Cross Schools starting in 6th grade.
Students will be considered for the NJHS selection based on the following indicators of leadership:
• Successfully holding school offices or positions of responsibility
• Being leaders in the classroom, at work, and in other school or community activities
• Being thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted
Students will be considered for the NJHS selection based on the following indicators of service:
• Participation in some service or charitably-oriented activity outside of school or mentoring persons in the community or students at other schools
• Showing courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students
• Cheerfully and enthusiastically rendering any requested service to the school
• Volunteering and providing dependable and well-organized assistance, being gladly available and willing to sacrifice to offer assistance
Students will be considered for the NJHS selection based on the following indicators of citizenship:
• Understanding the importance of civic involvement
• Demonstrating mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as Scouting, church activities, community organizations, and school clubs
Students will be considered for the NJHS selection based on the following indicators of character:
• Taking criticism willingly and accepting recommendations graciously
• Consistently exemplifying desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)
• Upholding principles of morality and ethics
• Cooperating by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.
• Regularly showing courtesy, concern, and respect for others
• Manifesting truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others