News and Updates

Spring 2019

Applications are now being accepted for Summer 2019 courses on a date-received, space-available basis.  Apply online or via paper application.  Visit the Documents and Forms page to find links for both options.


The ATS Qualifying Exam is currently being offered at Sac State, in Folsom Hall, on select weekdays.  Check the Calendar page for upcoming dates.


Get a quick look at what ATS students experience each summer in this short video.



We look forward to seeing everyone this summer for our 38th annual 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

Summer 2019 Catalog - 4th & 5th Grade Program

Summer 2019 Catalog - 6th - 9th Grade Program

Transcript Request form (for prior participants)

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The SpotLight

Dates To Note

May 16
ATS Qualifying Exam in Folsom Hall

May 21
ATS Qualifying Exam in Folsom Hall


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