The Jonsson School has adopted a comprehensive approach to education research that includes the following:
- Parent, student and teacher involvement in researching and evaluating the learning process both at home and at school.
- Researching the effect of a 15-week Mindfulness program called MindUP on 3-11 year old children within a school setting. The study measures changes in empathy, perspective taking, optimism, emotional control, happiness and executive functioning in children.
- Evaluating three and four year-old students on the development of both expressive and receptive English vocabulary. This is especially important since more than half of the Jonsson School families are primarily Spanish-speaking families.
- Evaluation of reading competency as well as academic and social achievement across the school year and longitudinally across middle and high school. Students are tracked for a total of 15 years if they begin their journey in the Jonsson School early childhood program.
- Educational outcome measures include
- Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)
- Academic performance in core classes of Science, Math, Social Studies and Language Arts
- Longitudinally (6th through 12th gr)
- Above variables as well as PSAT and ACT/SAT scores
- Community Involvement
- Social development
- Peer Relations