Jones Geniuses History: The Evolution of Accelerated Math Programs

Jones Geniuses History

Dr. Jones became a respected international specialist in accelerated learning during the 1980s. His world-wide experience led him to begin developing an accelerated learning curriculum for children which he tested in an actual classroom setting during the 1990s. The results of that testing were impressive.

1994 - The Original Jones Geniuses

Dr. Jones began to teach accelerated learning techniques to 20 Hispanic 2nd grade students in the Dallas inner-city public schools during the 1994 to 1995 school year. He identified and implemented research-based methods that had proven most successful in teaching English, reading and mathematics. As the children achieved mastery of basic skills, accelerated learning methods were integrated with the basic curriculum. These techniques included such things as speed reading, memory training and rapid math calculation. The program was a dramatic success. By year's end, the second graders' average reading level had risen to 3.8, almost fourth grade level, in both Spanish and English.

1996 - The Mensa Contest

At year's end, 12 out of the 20 students were double-promoted from first to third grade. In a public demonstration the following year, these children went up against Mensa PhDs in a contest of speed and accuracy in calculating powers and roots. The PhDs used electronic calculators and the children did the math using only their minds. The children beat the PhDs with a score of 14 to 6, and were subsequently dubbed "Jones' Geniuses". Since then, the possessive has been dropped from the name and Jones Geniuses Accelerated Education has become the official name of Dr. Jones' accelerated programs.

The contest did so much to build confidence in the kids that live demonstrations quickly became an integral part of the Jones Geniuses programs. The demonstration that the first group of "Geniuses" did has been repeated year after year in various formats, with children of all ages, races and socio-economic levels. They continue to wow parents and educators throughout the country today.

1997 - Facts-Master Basic Math Skills Program

In 1997, Dr. Jones' program was briefly implemented with 60 Hispanic 6th graders in three math classes. Before the program began, each student was given a basic math skill tests designed for grades 1-3. The 6th graders had the following results:

Before

  • 46% made a perfect score of 100
  • 13% scored less than 70
  • 28% completed the test within 5 minutes

After only 7 to 10 days of practice with Dr. Jones' accelerated learning program:

  • 68% achieved a perfect score of 100
  • 5% scored less than 70
  • 58% completed the test within 5 minutes

1997 - Pilot Study in Dallas

From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Jones' accelerated learning program was implemented as a Pilot Study for 24 bilingual 1st graders in Dallas. In the first year the 1st graders who completed the accelerated learning program had a 100% passing rate on the SABE reading test, compared to a 70% passing rate for the rest of Dallas I.S.D. 1st graders. 95% of the students in the Pilot Studey were rated above average on this test. The students in the Pilot Study also had English reading scores equivalent to English-only students according to their ITBS practice test. During the second year, year-end test scores in the 1998 to 1999 school year were equivalent to the superior scores achieved during the first year of the Pilot Study.

2000 - Home-School Model

In 2000, the accelerated learning program was implemented for the first time with home-school students. Some 100 home-schooled students in south Dallas participated in regular weekly classes designed to accelerate their mathematics ability. The students represented a variety of ages, races and learning abilities. In 2002, the program expanded to include classes all over the state of Texas, including some 200 or more students in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Austin.

2004 - The Institute for Accelerated Learning

The success of these test experiences led Dr. Jones to begin developing a complete curriculum of accelerated learning programs for children from Kindergarten through 12th grade. In 2004, Dr. Jones created the Institute for Accelerated Learning, a non-profit 501(c)(3) that serves to promote his curricula to a wider range of children. In 2009, the Institute implemented its first online interactive classes and hired a new Executive Director, Michelle Jones, to help spread the word about Jones Geniuses Accelerated Education programs and their benefits.