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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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May 2017

It's not too late to test
While administration of the ATS Qualifying Exam at area schools has concluded, students can still take the test. The exam will be offered in the ATS office on select weekdays. Contact the office to be added to the interest list or visit the Calendar page to see upcoming test dates.

Applications for Summer 2017 classes still being accepted
The Summer 2017 Catalog is available on the ATS website for viewing and downloading. Printed copies will be mailed to students in early April. While the priority admissions deadline has passed, applications are currently being accepted on a date-received, space available basis.

Teaching Assistant Recruitment currently open
High school seniors and college students: ATS is now accepting applications for Summer 2017 teaching assistants. For more information, or to request an application, please call or email the ATS office.


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 44,500 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

Summer 2017 4-5 Catalog

Summer 2017 6-9 Catalog

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Dates To Note

May 22
ATS Qualifying Exam administration

May 29
Memorial Day holiday (ATS office closed - campus closed)

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