New CSF Chapter Offered to RCMS Students

What is CSF?

Although we have had CSF (California Scholarship Federation) in our High School program, this is the first time we have been able to offer a CJSF (California Junior Scholarship Federation) chapter for 7th and 8th grade students.

The high school program was started in 1921 and seeks to recognize students who possess high standards in academics.  Members of CSF are eligible for a variety of tuition scholarships available at universities across the state and at select colleges nationwide.

CJSF membership is open to all 8th grade students as well as second-semester 7th graders.


Why should my student join CJSF?

  1. Students who are members of CJSF for 3 semesters are recognized with an Award Certificate at the Middle School Awards Ceremony and 8th Grade Graduation.
  2. Students who participate in CJSF develop the mindset to complete applications in a timely manner and are prepared for high school CSF membership as well as meeting deadlines for club, scholarship, and college applications.
  3. Membership in CJSF and CSF are excellent additions to future college applications and job résumés.

How to join CJSF?

  • We will have an open period of enrollment for 8th grade students, and applications will be accepted until October 14, 2017.
  • Open enrollment for 7th grade students will begin second semester
  • Applications are available at the MSHS Office
  • Membership is based on grades and citizenship earned during prior semester.
    • If your student attended RCS last year, then we already have his/her grades available for your student to see if he/she has met the criteria.
    • If your student did not attend RCS last year, then you will need to find the latest report card to complete the application and submit a copy of the report card attached to the application.
  • All applications require a $5 membership fee included with the application.
  • Carefully read the instructions on the application.
  • Eight (8) “grade points” minimum are required for membership
    • CJSF semester points are calculated based on grades as follows:
      • A = 3 CJSF points
        B = 1 CJSF point
        1 extra point for an A or a B in an AP, IB, or Honors-designated course, not to exceed two such points per semester
        C or Pass = 0 CJSF points
        D or ” in any subject (even those courses which do not count for CJSF points) shall disqualify the student from membership for the semester.
    • A parent signature is NOT required.
    • Completed 8th grade applications are due to the Counseling Office NO LATER THAN 3 p.m. on October 14th. The due date for 7th grade applications will be announced in January.
    • Late Applications CANNOT be accepted. This rule is strictly enforced by the state CJSF organization

More details… From CJSF Website to parents:

Membership in CJSF which is through school chapters. Each chapter is comprised of student members who meet eligibility requirements.

Eligible students become members by submitting applications based on their report card grades. Membership is for one semester, and membership drives are held each semester within established periods dictated by the State bylaws. Refer to CJSF Bylaws on CJSF Chapter Resources.

Requirements for Semester Membership

CJSF Membership is based on scholarship and is gained after qualifying grades are earned each semester. In order to become a member, the student must submit an application each semester the student is eligible. A point system specified in the CJSF State By-Laws establishes the membership requirements.

A student establishes membership by earning academic points. The number of points earned must be twice the number of academic subjects in which the student is enrolled, i.e., 10 points must be earned by a student enrolled in 5 eligible subjects, 12 points for a student with 6 subjects, etc. A minimum of 4 academic subjects is required (see point calculations under “how to apply”).

No CJSF points shall be given for Physical Education, courses involving clerking or office/teacher assisting, and courses taken on a pass/fail basis.

Grades earned in summer school courses, repeated or remedial subjects shall not count for CJSF points, but grades in these subjects must be a C or better for the student to qualify for CJSF.

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 students may be disqualified from membership based on poor citizenship. It is the adviser and principal’s prerogative to determine disbarment.