News and Updates

Winter 2019

Our new program overview is now available on YouTube. Get a quick look at what ATS students experience each summer in this short video.

Testing has begun at area schools. To find out if your school has confirmed their test date, check the 2019 Test Locations list.

Want to hear about ATS from a participant? Talk to an ATS Ambassador.

Our Summer 2019 session dates have been announced. The 4-5 Program again features five 1-week sessions. New for 6-9 this summer: two additional 1-week session options. See all of the session dates on the Calendar page.

New course proposals are currently being accepted. If you have a great idea for a class and are interested in joining the ATS instructional team, take a look at our new Getting Involved - Teachers page for more information.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year for our 38th annual summer program here at Sac State!

See ATS in action on Inside California Education, a joint production of KVIE and NationalEdOnline.


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.

Sponsored by Sacramento State's College of Education, ATS has an established tradition of providing educational experiences that preview college and career opportunities. Since its founding in 1982, ATS has inspired over 46,500 students.


  1. ATS brings together intellectual peers from throughout the Sacramento Valley region, allowing them to make new friends and improve social skills.
  2. ATS' teaching staff includes University faculty, community college professors, area public and private school instructors, and industry professionals.
  3. ATS classes allow students to explore future career pathways while previewing the college experience.

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

Information Sheet for Students & Parents

Program Overview for Schools

Transcript Request form (for prior participants)

View all ATS documents

The SpotLight

Dates To Note

February 23
ATS Qualifying Exam @ Sac State

March 9
ATS Qualifying Exam @ Sac State


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