News and Updates

May 2018

Secure File Upload Option Available
Trying to submit your application by the May 3 priority deadline but can't get through by fax? Contact the ATS office for options to securely upload your materials.

Applications Still Accepted
Just a reminder that applications are still being accepted. If you can't find your printed catalog, you can also download it (including the application) from the Catalog-Literature page or stop by the ATS office to pick up another copy.

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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 1,400 students apply for ATS classes each summer. Since its founding in 1982, ATS has inspired over 45,500 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 2018 Catalog - 4/5 Program

Summer 2018 Catalog - 6/9 Program

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Dates To Note

May 3 @ 4pm
Application Deadline for Summer 2018 Priority Admission

May 4 @ 3:30pm
ATS Qualifying Exam

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