Academic Talent Search


Academic Talent Search (ATS)

The College of Continuing Education (CCE) is honoring its commitment to the community and youth programs by offering a select number of online courses this summer. Due to the high demand for these popular classes, we have added additional sections in order to deliver fun and academically challenging classes to more students.

NEW: This summer we are providing a $50 or $100 scholarship voucher (depending on the course) that can be applied toward each ATS class a student selects. This amount will be applied during registration.


ATS’ Summer 2020 lineup includes a select number of courses for students entering 7th-10th grades. Classes will be offered in computer science, English, mathematics, science and social science. Due to COVID-19, all sessions will be held online this summer.

“I’m excited to use my on-line teaching experiences to still work with ATS students this summer!”
–De-Laine Cyrenne, Sacramento State Professor


  • ATS provides students with the opportunity to discover new academic and creative challenges in topics not always available in regular school and the chance to explore potential college majors and career paths. 
  • The 2020 teaching staff includes University professors, community college faculty and industry professionals.
  • ATS brings together intellectual peers from throughout the Sacramento Valley region, allowing them to make new friends, gain self-confidence and improve social skills.


Open to any student entering 7th-10th grades in the fall.


Classes will be offered between June 15 and July 24. Please see our Summer Schedule for specific dates and times.


Q & A with The Golden 1 Challenge : Financial Strategies for Success
Instructor Manuel Morfin discusses the longstanding partnership between Golden 1 and Sacramento State

Golden 1 has partnered with Academic Talent Search for 10 years. Why is ATS such a good fit for Golden 1? 

Article Sacramento State NewsJune 2020

Summer Youth Programs offer respite for isolation-weary kids

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced school closures beginning in March, Jill Matsueda was initially optimistic about the potential for Sacramento State’s Summer Youth Programs to offer welcome respite to local kids and teens cooped up in their homes throughout spring.

That optimism changed first to heartbreak when she realized that the programs, held on campus each June and July, also would be affected by social-distancing protocols remaining in force into summer. Her keen disappointment, however, changed to determination when she and other University leaders decided to forge ahead and offer the much-loved courses online.

Course Listing

Summer 2020 ATS Schedule

We have an exciting lineup of courses taught by Sacramento State professors, community college faculty and industry professionals.