Delta Epsilon Phi (ΔΕΦ) National Honor Society for High School Students of German recognizes the outstanding academic achievement of learners of German. The organization was founded in 1968 by Käthe Wilson at Coral Gables High School (FL), a devoted AATG member, to reward scholastic achievement in the study of German and to promote interest in the study of German language, literature, and civilization.
Establishing a Chapter. Delta Epsilon Phi chapters may be established in accredited public and private senior high schools. Chapter sponsors must be teachers of German and members of AATG. To establish a ΔΕΦ chapter, a request on official school stationery should be sent to AATG along with a one-time activation fee of $10.00 and may be paid via the AATG store.
Upon affiliation chapter sponsors receive a Kapitelurkunde and the ΔΕΦ Chapter Handbook with constitution and suggested induction ceremony.
Student Eligibility. To be eligible for induction, students must have completed three semesters of German with a 3.6 grade point average in German and have an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Individual chapters may set additional eligibility requirements.
Inducting Members. Eligible students may be inducted into their local ΔΕΦ chapter upon registration and payment of induction fees. The induction fee includes a certificate printed with student name, school name, and chapter affiliation. Initiation times and dates are determined by individual chapters.
To register students and order Membership Certificates, click here.
ΔΕΦ Items. Various items including ΔΕΦ membership cards, diploma seals, pins, patches, graduation tassels, and honor cords are available in the AATG store. You can also order and pay by check or purchase order using our order form.
Students who have been members of Junior Delta Epsilon Phi may be inducted into Delta Epsilon Phi upon qualification. Special recognition of these students should be made during the induction ceremony and in the induction program.
Chapter Activities. Chapter activities provide opportunity to highlight the German program in the school and community.
List of Suggested Activities and Fundraising Strategies
Annual Report. The sponsor is required to submit an annual report at the end of each academic year.
Inactive Chapters. A chapter is considered inactive if no activity has been reported for the last three years. Chapters may be reactivated by contacting AATG. The ΔΕΦ Chapter Handbook and replacement Kapitelurkunde will be sent upon reactivation. The fee for reactivating a chapter is $7.50 and may be paid via the AATG store.
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