Campus: CSU, Sacramento -- July 25, 2001
Germs and More During Academic Talent Search's Big 20th Year at CSU Sacramento
A new class on germs and a Japanese language class that's jam-packed
due to the popularity of Japanese animation are part of the 20th summer
of Academic Talent Search at California State University, Sacramento.
The program for sixth- through ninth-graders offers accelerated and enrichment
courses all across campus, many of them taught by CSUS faculty. It's bigger
than ever this year, with enrollment expected to reach 1,700.
"The students just benefit tremendously," says long-time Academic
Talent Search Director Terry Thomas. "After taking classes through
this program, many of them latch on to the idea that they really can go
More than 100 classes are being offered from June 18 through Aug. 3, with
most concluding this week. They include fast-paced ones, such as algebra,
which often allow students to skip certain classes during the school year.
There are also classes focused on making learning fun, such as forensic
science and a new one on writing short comedies, as well as personal enrichment
classes such as fencing.
The more academically intense classes require that students score high
on placement tests. Others have lower or no test score requirement.
What they all have in common is the independence and discovery they provide
students. Many Academic Talent Search alumni say the program got them
excited about college or inspired them to pursue a particular career.
Students interested in Academic Talent Search are tested each spring at
about 400 schools throughout the Capital Region and three times at CSUS.
Classes costs $80 to $278, and scholarships are available.
More information is available from Academic Talent Search at (916) 278-7032.
Media assistance is available from CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.