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What is it?

CJSF or California Junior Scholarship Federation, is a statewide organization founded for the purpose of fostering high standards of scholarship, service, and citizenship in the middle school grades. CJSF emphasizes service to the school and the community while creating pride in scholastic achievement. Its motto is Scholarship for Service.

Who is eligible for membership?

Seventh and eighth grade students who qualify with the appropriate grades are eligible.

When does CJSF meet?

CJSF meets during lunchtime, and meetings are usually the first Wednesday of the month.

 How do I qualify?

Grades are given a point value. An A is 3 points, a B is 1 point, and a C is 0 points. A D or an F in any subject disqualifies a student from membership. Only Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Year-long Spanish Elective (if the student is taking it) are used to determine eligibility.

Seventh and eighth grade students total their points for these classes at the end of the second quarter or fourth quarter (enrollment is open two times a year). The total points are then divided by the number of classes that count toward membership. Students in Spanish would divide by 5, and students without Spanish would divide by 4. If the answer to this equation is 2.0 or greater, the student qualifies.

What is the membership dues?

There is a $10.00 membership fee per semester. It goes to pay for field trips, educational enrichment activities, celebrations, and seals and pins for graduation. No one will be denied membership if they cannot afford the dues. See Mrs. Malatesta or Mrs. Utley for scholarship options.

What is required for school /community service?

Students are requested to complete 5-10 hours of volunteer service per semester. Tutoring, coaching, volunteer work with other community groups can all be counted. Any service that is not compensated and helps others qualifies. The goal is for members to balance their high academic achievement with public or school service.

What can you gain from membership in CJSF?

Students who qualify for 3 or more semesters will graduate with Honors. They receive a CJSF gold pin, a certificate with gold seal, and they will be accepted as an Associate Member in CSF (the high school CJSF program).


When do I apply?

Students have a window to apply at the beginning of the first quarter and third quarter. A copy of the report card from the previous semester should be attached to the application. Applications are going to be available via online application. Students will be notified when link is open.

Second Semester CJSF Applications Due :  Feb. 9th 2018

8th grade membership fee- room 33, Mrs. Malatesta

7th grade membership fee- room 40, Mrs. Utley

If you can not find Mrs. Utley or Mrs. Malatesta please put your membership fee in a sealed and labeled envelope and have the front office staff place it in our boxes. Please try several times to find us as the front office is extremely busy during the day. Thank you!