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History of CJSF

Founded in 1967, CJSF fosters high standards of scholarship, service and citizenship in the middle school grades. Like CSF, CJSF emphasizes service to the school and the community while fostering pride in scholastic achievement. In recent years the rapid growth of the California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF) has greatly strengthened CSF.


CJSF students may become Honor Award Members. Those who qualify have the Honor Award seal placed on their certificate of promotion and are eligible to wear the CJSF gold pin. CJSF also sponsors an awards program. Each year, advisers nominate Honor Award members for special recognition in the CJSF Outstanding Student Award program. All nominees are recognized at their spring conferences, receiving award certificates. Those selected as recipients by regional subcommittees are presented with a $250 award and medallion, in addition to the certificate. In April, 1989, the state board of directors changed the name of the award to “The Marian Huhn Memorial Award,” in honor of Mrs. Marian Huhn, long-time CJSF adviser at St. Jeanne de Lestonnac School, Tustin, and CJSF state Registrar at the time of her death in November, 1988. The first Huhn Awards were presented at the 1990 spring regional conferences.

How do I become a CJSF Member?

Membership is gained based on a point system:

8th grade students may apply for CJSF in the first quarter of the school year. 7th Grade students will be able to apply at the start of the second semester. Students must reapply each school year. Letter grades in core classes and electives are worth points. Students taking classes at WHS - 1 additional point shall be given for a grade of an 'A' or a 'B' in an Honors course, with up to 2 such points earned per semester. 

  • Each ‘A’ = 3 CJSF points
  • Each ‘B’ = 1 CJSF points
  • Grades of ‘C’s or lower do not earn points

A student who has 4 core classes and an elective must earn 10 points from his/her grades


          Math ‘B’ = 1 CJSF point

          ELA  ‘B’ = 1 CJSF point

          SS    ‘A’ = 3 CJSF points

          SCI   ‘A’ = 3 CJSF points

         Band  ‘A’  = 3 CJSF points

A total of 11 points was earned here= CJSF Membership


IMPORTANT: A grade of ‘D’ or ‘F’ in ANY class disqualifies a student from becoming a member for that semester. Should a current member receive a ‘D’ or ‘F’ (for example on their 3rd Quarter Report card), their membership will be revoked and they will have to wait to reapply until next time. CJSF members are expected to be outstanding citizens.

Those students with ‘U’s or a suspension will not be eligible.

Should you receive a ‘U’ or a suspension while a member, your membership will be revoked and you will have to wait until the next time to reapply.

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What is CJSF at JMS?

The purpose of the 'California Junior Scholarship Federation' at Jefferson Middle School, a state-wide organization of over 600 chapters, is to foster high standards of scholarship, service, and citizenship on the part of students. CJSF prepares our students for high school and beyond. Membership also brings with it the opportunity to participate in activities which benefit our school, community, and the students.