February 2018

First Month of Testing Complete!
Test administration at local school sites began January 12 and will continue through mid-March. To see if your school has arranged for the exam to be offered, check the School Test Location List (updated 02-01-18).

Summer 2018 Session Dates Set
Session dates for the upcoming Summer 2018 Program have been finalized. There will again be five one-week sessions for 4th and 5th graders to choose from while 6th through 9th graders can attend classes in one-, three- or five-week formats.


About Academic Talent Search-ATS

Academic Talent Search (ATS) provides academically challenging, fast-paced courses to highly able and motivated 4th through 9th grade students in the greater Sacramento area.

ATS is a non-profit organization which receives no state or federal funds. Sponsored by Sacramento State, ATS has an established tradition of providing educational experiences that are both mentally stimulating and fun. Over 1,400 students apply for ATS classes each summer. Since its founding in 1982, ATS has inspired over 45,500 students.


  1. ATS brings together intellectual peers from throughout the Sacramento Valley region, allowing them to make new friends and improve social skills.
  2. The ATS teaching staff includes University faculty, community college professors, area public and private school instructors, and industry professionals.
  3. 4th and 5th grade students can discover new approaches to traditional topics and experience enrichment opportunities in new subject areas.
  4. 6th through 9th grade students can experience a collegiate environment while accelerating their learning in traditional subjects like mathematics and foreign language and exploring new topics which are not always available in regular school. Classes are held on the Sacramento State campus, and students are granted many of the same privileges that regular University students receive.

Qualifying for Academic Talent Search

Current 4th through 9th grade students are eligible to take the ATS Qualifying Exam (intermediate for 4/5, advanced for 6-9). Testing is offered at area public and private schools as well as on the Sacramento State campus.


Telephone: (916) 278-7032
Fax: (916) 278-5930


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Important Documents

School Test Location List (updated 02-01-18)
Information for Students and Parents

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Dates To Note

February 10
ATS Qualifying Exam offered at Sac State

February 24
ATS Qualifying Exam offered at Sac State

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