Junior Delta Epsilon Phi

Junior Delta Epsilon Phi,
the National Junior Honor Society for Students of German, recognizes the outstanding academic achievement of learners of German in middle and junior high schools. The organization was founded in order 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 

Junior Delta Epsilon Phi chapters may be established in any educational institution that offers German language instruction at the grade level 5 through 8/9. Chapter sponsors must be AATG members. To establish a Junior ΔΕΦ chapter, please fill out and submit this form. Your application will be reviewed and if approved, we will contact you with further details. At that point, a one-time $25 activation fee will be due. Once established, chapters are granted in perpetuity – no reactivation needed.

Student Eligibility 

To be eligible for induction, students must have completed one year of German with an 85% average in German or equivalent (as determined by the chapter sponsor) and have an overall grade point average of 85%. Individual chapters may set additional eligibility requirements.

Inducting Members

Eligible students may be inducted into their local Junior ΔΕΦ chapter upon registration with AATG and payment of induction fees. The induction fee includes a certificate printed with the student name, school name, and chapter affiliation, along with a membership card. Special recognition of these students should be made during the induction ceremony and in the induction program. Download the induction ceremony script here. Feel free to adjust the wording and procedure to your preferences and traditions as needed, and use your best judgment regarding the use of candles or other items. Virtual inductions and inductions in absentia are permissible as well.

Chapter Activities

Chapter activities provide an opportunity to highlight the German program in the school and community. Active chapters are encouraged to submit their activity directly to the AATG newsletter Aktuelles to highlight their program nationally with pictures and stories.

Did you know?

As of 2021, AATG no longer requires an annual report from chapters.

Also see our FAQ section for more information, including chapter activity and ideas to keep your chapter active and thriving.

Looking for the College/University German Honor Society?

Contact our colleagues at Delta Phi Alpha to learn more.