California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF)
The California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF) is a state-wide scholarship organization for outstanding middle and junior high school students. CJSF is part of a long tradition that began as the California Scholarship Federation (CSF) for high school students.
The purpose of the CSF is to foster high standards of scholarship and citizenship on the part of students. In 1967, these ideals were extended to seventh and eighth grade middle and junior high school students through the California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF). There are currently over 850 chapters of CJSF. Members of our chapter of CJSF can keep with tradition by accepting the opportunity to complete at least 6 hours of service to the school or community each year and submit copies of their transcripts (report cards) at the end of every trimester.
Students who attain membership for at least two of the three trimesters of their 7th and 8th grade years are considered Honor Members. Honor membership affords the student special privileges when entering CSF in high school. In addition, these students receive a CJSF certificate, as well as recognition at the eighth grade promotion ceremony.
Seventh graders may apply to the CJSF after they receive their first trimester grades. The official CJSF application form is only required initially. Once a student applies, their application form will be kept on file for their duration at Children’s Community Charter School. Applications are available here.
Requirements for California Junior Scholarship Federation:
Seventh and eighth grade student grades qualify for eligibility in CJSF. It is a mandatory requirement for students to reapply during the first two weeks of each trimester for membership; membership is NOT automatic. Applications will be available in the office during the application period.
A = 3 points
B = 1 point
C = 0 point
Students must earn a total of eight (8) points during the previous trimester in the following subjects: English/language arts, science, mathematics, and social sciences.
No points are given for PE, remedial/repeated courses, or electives.
A “D” or “F” in ANY CLASS bars a student from membership.
Satisfactory behavior and citizenship must be maintained in ALL CLASSES.
Students will be required to attend two school meetings, perform individual/community hours of service, and one participate in one CJSF event (when planned) per trimester. Successful membership requires participation in two out of three events. Although one excused absence is allowed, it must be made up with an alternative assignment. Meetings will be held once a month on Mondays. The meetings will be held during lunch. Informational flyers/due dates will be announced during the regular meetings.
An administrative level or suspension for ANY reason will result in CJSF membership being revoked for the trimester the disciplinary action took place. However, the student may reapply the following trimester. Furthermore, any student, who in the judgement of the principal or advisor, is not eligible for ethical reasons, may be disbarred from trimester membership.
The Gold Seal Award is given to eighth grade students who have been a member of CJSF for at least two trimesters their seventh grade year, and the first two trimesters of their eighth grade year. The President’s Award for Educational Excellence will be given to eighth grade students who have earned an end-of-the year middle school (grades 7 & 8) cumulative GPA of 3.8 or above.