Video production class, summer 2012.

Summer Classes: 6th - 9th Grade Students

Experience a collegiate environment while learning from university professors, area public and private school instructors, and leading industry professionals in ATS' 6th-9th grade program. Students gain self-confidence and independence while being treated like "college students" on the Sacramento State campus. Courses allow students to accelerate their learning in traditional subjects like English, mathematics, and foreign languages or to discover new academic and creative challenges in areas not often available in regular school (for example, game programming, criminal law, neuroscience, and astrobiology).

The schedule for 6th - 9th graders is similar to a college schedule with many classes meeting two or three days a week for 2 to 3 hours each class day. One-, three-, and five-week sessions are available between mid-June and late July.

About the 6th-9th Grade Program

Getting Involved

  • Be a current 6-9th grader (as of January 1)
  • Take the Qualifying Exam: Advanced Level
  • Review the course descriptions and Master Schedule of Classes in the summer catalog
  • Submit a complete application by the deadline


2017 Session Dates

Session Duration Dates
Session A 3 weeks June 19 to July 7
Session B 5 weeks June 26 to July 28
Session C 3 weeks July 10 to July 28
Session D 1 week July 10 to July 14
Session E 1 week July 17 to July 21
Session F 1 week July 24 to July 28

No classes will be held on Monday, July 3, or Tuesday, July 4.

2017 Classes

Classes planned include:

  • 3D Graphics: Houses, Skate Parks & More
  • A Hero's Journey
  • Acting for Stage & Screen
  • Algebra 1 (Fast-Paced)
  • All Star Writing
  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Art of Debate
  • Basic Programming with Python
  • Beyond Basic Web Design
  • Blechy Biology
  • Building Blocks of Writing: Grammar & Paragraphs
  • Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Cartooning: Anime & Manga
  • Cell Biology: Detecting Disease & Illness
  • Chemistry to Cure Disease
  • Color Crazy
  • Creative Writing through Greek, Roman & Norse Mythology
  • Creative Writing: Build a Suspenseful Story
  • Criminal Law
  • Digital Photography & Visual Storytelling
  • eCommerce: Creating an Online Business
  • Exploring Science Outdoors: Field Ecology
  • Foundations of Game Programming
  • Geometry (Fast-Paced)
  • Graphic Storyboarding & Drawing
  • Improv Games
  • Introduction to Latin
  • Introduction to TV Broadcasting
  • Introduction to Video Game Development
  • Japanese
  • Latin Derivatives
  • Media Apps
  • Mock Trial
  • Neuropsychology
  • Physics & Math in the Movies
  • Physics: How Stuff Works
  • Public Speaking
  • Quadratics
  • Strategic Thinking, Game Theory & Human Behavior
  • Success in School: Effectuve Study Skills
  • The Human Eye (presented by VSP Vision Care)
  • The Science of Saving Lives: Healthcare Professionals
  • Web Design & the Internet
  • World of Art: Animals, Fashion, Cars & Cupcakes

Cost Overview

ATS is a nonprofit, self-supporting program which receives no federal, state, or University funding. Course fees range from $149 to $439 depending upon the length of the course. Financial aid is available.


ATS provides supervision during class time only. ATS staff do not escort students to and from class. Students are expected to be responsible, independent individuals and find their own way to class and around campus. If students are not ready for this level of independence, they should wait an additional summer before applying to ATS classes.

How to Apply

To apply for admission to the 6/9 Program, students should complete the ATS Application 6/9 and submit it with the appropriate application fee, a copy of their "advanced level" test scores, and a copy of a recent report card from this school year.

Applications will not be processed until all required information is submitted to ATS.

Incomplete applications will be returned and may be subject to additional fees and delayed admission. To ensure the best chance of being placed into classes, submit a complete application by the deadline. 

Complete Applications

To be considered complete, an application must include the following:

  1. ATS Application 6/9 (from the Summer Catalog)
    Fill out both sides and be sure to verify the correct course code has been provided for each class listed in the Class Selection portion of the application.

  2. Application Fee
    A nonrefundable application fee is required with each application submitted. This is a processing fee and is not deductible from course fees.

  3. Test Scores
    Appropriate scores from the ATS Qualifying Exam: Advanced Level.

  4. Report Card
    A copy of a report card for the current academic year is required. This information is used to verify grade level and to aid instructors in creating curriculum for their courses.