Summer Youth Academies FAQs


What are Summer Youth Academies?

Summer Youth Academies are noncredit courses for youth to explore different academic disciplines and career pathways. This collection of courses brings together the historical offerings from both Academic Talent Search (ATS) and Summer Academies for High School Students, which were youth programs offered through Sacramento State in prior years. Summer Youth Academies brings these two programs together under one umbrella in order to offer diverse and enriching opportunities for youth.

What youth courses are being offered at Sacramento State this summer through CCE?

We are offering courses in our Summer Youth Academies series. In total, there are 22 courses available.

Who is eligible?

Summer Youth Academies are open to students entering 7th grade through graduating 12th graders. We do not require placement tests in order to enroll. Currently, instruction is in English only; therefore, participants should be proficient in written and oral English.

Do you still offer Summer Youth Academies for 4th and 5th grade students?

We have offered summer youth programming in the past for 4th and 5th grade students. Currently, our Summer Youth Academies are for students entering 7th grade through graduating 12th graders.

Are the Academies online or in-person?

About half of the courses are online, and the other half in-person. See the course schedule for more information.

Do students need to wear face coverings to attend in-person courses? What about instructors?

All students who participate in the Summer Youth Academies should follow their school district or organization’s COVID-19 policies and regulations. Currently, students are not required to wear face coverings while inside campus buildings and classrooms. However, face coverings are recommended. More information can be found at

What equipment or resources do I need in order to participate in online courses?

Students will need a computer and an internet connection to access the courses and participate in class activities. We are unable to provide laptops or hotspots to students.

How will online courses be delivered?

The instructors will use Zoom software for live classroom instruction and interactive projects. In some classes, students will work on projects at their own pace using Canvas or Adobe Connect software. Specific software instructions will be provided prior to each class.

Who will be teaching the Academies?

Summer Youth Academies are taught by university professors, community college faculty, industry professionals and other educators.

Is homework assigned?

Homework assignments vary by course. Please refer to individual course listings.

Where can I find the schedules and pricing?

All schedules and pricing information are on our webpage.

Are scholarships available?

Yes! To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the scholarship application. 

How do I register and enroll?

Please register for courses through our webpage. Registration begins March 1.

When is payment due?

Payment is due at the time of registration.

If I need to cancel my registration, can I get a refund?

If your request is received at least two (2) weeks before the first class, you may transfer the full amount of your paid fees to another class or receive a full refund, minus a $10 processing fee.

Who do I contact for more information?

Liz Arellanes is the coordinator for the Summer Youth Academies. You can reach her through the program webform.