Qualities for membership in the NJHS are based upon the following five pillars:
Scholarship – The student who is in the second semester of sixth grade or members of the seventh-, or eighth-grade class and has proven him/herself academically by maintaining a cumulative grade point average required by the school chapter.
Service – The student who voluntarily contributes to the school or community without monetary compensation or recognition. We are committed to the idea of volunteering our time and abilities to the creation of a better tomorrow.
Leadership – Student leaders are those who are good problem solvers, resourceful, and contribute ideas. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working for and with others. A leader will go forward when others hesitate. Leadership is always needed; thus, to lead is a substantive charge to each of our members.
Character – The student of good character is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of reliability and honesty, shows concern, respect, and courtesy for others, and maintains a clean disciplinary record. The problem of character is the problem of self-control. We must be in reality what we wish to appear to others. Character is achieved and not received. It is the product of constant action, daily striving to make the right choice.
Citizenship – The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic engagement; has a high regard for freedom and justice; respects the U.S. form of government (a representative democracy); respects the law for all citizens at the local, state, and federal levels; and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility in activities such as scouting, community organizations, or school clubs.