Choosing Classes

To help select classes, students can review the following:

Course Descriptions

Class descriptions are organized by subject in the Summer Catalog. Students should pick classes that interest them and are in areas in which they excel. ATS classes are NOT remedial and are not designed to allow students to “catch up” on regular school curriculum. Homework time should also be taken into consideration.

Master Schedule
The Master Schedule in the Summer Catalog includes the dates, days, times, costs, and eligibility requirements for each class. Check to be sure that minimum score requirements are met. Students who do not meet score requirement may apply for it only if they are within 10 points of the requirement. Placements are made top score down until a class is full, so the higher a student’s score on the ATS Qualifying Exam the better his/her chance of being admitted into a specific class.


Attendance and Absences

Attendance and on-time arrival in class is mandatory. Students should not apply for a course if they know they cannot attend every class session in its entirety due to other commitments or activities. Classes are fast-paced, so missing one day can be like missing a month of regular school. Teachers are not required to provide make up work or tutoring to help students “catch up” following an absence. Because late arrivals and absences are detrimental to the whole class learning environment, students with excessive absences or tardies may be withdrawn from class by the Director. 


Class Homework

ATS classes are challenging and demanding – homework completion is required in most classes. Incomplete homework can affect students’ learning and, ultimately, their final course grades. Estimated daily homework time is provided at the end of each course description to help students plan their workload.


Grading Policy

Students receive a letter grade (A, A-, B+, B, B-, etc.) for each class taken. Grade reports are mailed to students in late August, after the completion of all classes and the submission of grades and personalized comments by the instructor. Students who need their grades before reports are available should talk to their instructors before classes end about obtaining an unofficial record of their achievement.


Recommended High School Credit

High school credit may be recommended for some courses in the 6th - 9th grade program if students complete course requirements with a “B-“ or higher. Because classes in the 4th - 5th grade program are short courses, they do not carry a recommendation for high school credit.

ATS can only recommend credit for summer coursework. Many schools accept these recommendations for advanced class placement, transcript annotation, and/or credit. If high school credit is an important consideration for attending, students should talk to their school registrar or guidance counselor about school policies before applying for ATS courses. 

Repeating a Class / Curriculum

Students who wish to repeat ATS courses (or curriculum they have taken in regular school) will be considered for placement on a space-available basis after those applicants who are seeking to take the class for the first time, regardless of application date.

Supervision on Campus

ATS provides supervision for students during class time only. As ATS is not a licensed childcare provider, there will be no childcare or supervision services provided during the times before, after, or between class sessions. While program staff are always available on campus if students need assistance, they cannot escort students to and from class daily.


4th - 5th grade students

Parents have two options:

Option A – Waiver Policy

What this means: Parents acknowledge that their students are independent and responsible. They will be allowed to exit class without adult supervision and meet their parents at their designated location.

Why parents choose this: This allows parents the flexibility to drop off and pick up their students at a meeting spot of their choosing. If students are taking a morning and afternoon class during the same week, they can go from one class to the next without being signed out of the morning class and into the afternoon class by a parent.


Option B – Sign In/Out Policy

What this means: Students will only be released to authorized adults age 18 and over. Once the authorization list is submitted, changes take one full business day to process and can only be accepted from a parent/guardian listed on the application. Students must be signed in/out of both morning and afternoon classes even if taken both on the same day.

Why parents choose this: Parents choose to escort their student to and from each class because they feel more comfortable supervising their children closely on campus. Parents are responsible for getting their students to class and signing them in and out each day so should allow time to park and walk their students to and from class daily.


Morning Classes

Drop Off/Sign-In time: 9:15am – 9:30am

Pick Up/Sign-Out time: Noon – 12:15pm


Afternoon Classes

Drop Off/Sign-In time: 12:15pm – 12:30pm

Pick Up/Sign-Out time: 3:00pm – 3:15pm


6th - 9th grade students

Students are expected to be responsible and independent and find their own way to and from class just like regular college students. They have many of the same privileges as regular Sac State college students including access to campus facilities such as the University Union, Hornet Bookstore, Library, and food service areas.


Follow-up research has shown that students enjoy the independence and responsibility ATS offers. As a result of their experiences, students often demonstrate increased self-confidence and maturity. Parents frequently report that the early exposure to a college campus is one of the things they appreciate most about their students’ participation in ATS.