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Academic Talent Search (ATS)


    All classes are held on the Sacramento State campus, providing a unique opportunity to experience university life and develop larger academic goals.

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    Students experience enrichment opportunities in traditional subjects as well as areas not normally covered in regular school.

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    Exploring challenging subjects taught by college professors; public and private school teachers; and leading business professionals promotes academic interest and achievement.

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    Academic courses are tied to real-live application by important partnerships with local organizations like the Sacramento Theater Company, Golden 1 Credit Union, and VSP Vision Care.

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    Bringing together intellectual peers fosters friendship and improves social skills.

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February 2017

ATS Qualifying Exam administration ongoing
The ATS Qualifying Exam will be administered at area schools through mid-March. Staff continue confirming arrangements with additional public and private schools across a 10 county region. Testing will also be offered at Sac State on three Saturdays (February 11, February 25, March 11) for students who miss testing at their regular school.

Summer 2017 planning underway
Planning for the upcoming summer is now underway. New for 2017: expanded 1-week sessions for the 6/9 Program. A complete listing of session dates for both the 4/5 and 6/9 Programs is available on the calendar page.

Instructors interested in proposing new courses for Summer 2017 should submit their proposals and resumes to the ATS office for consideration.


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 1,600 students apply for ATS classes each summer. Since its founding in 1982, ATS has inspired over 43,300 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 Feb 16, 2017)

Information Sheet for Students and Parents

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Dates To Note

February 25
ATS Qualifying Exam @ Sac State

March 11
ATS Qualifying Exam @ Sac State

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