1980s and Early 1990s
Jan Davidson, with the support of her husband Bob,
establishes the educational software company, Davidson & Associates.
Bob Davidson later joins the company full time.
Davidson & Associates publishes MathBlaster
and ReadingBlaster, along with many other educational
software titles that help students be successful learners by
individualizing the pace of their education.
Davidson & Associates becomes a public company
Mid to Late 1990s
Davidson & Associates merges with another company,
and Bob and Jan Davidson leave the company.
The Davidsons begin researching philanthropic
areas in education to continue their passion of helping students be
After two years of research, the Davidsons decide
to focus their philanthropic efforts on helping the underserved
population of profoundly gifted students (IQ - 99.9th percentile).
The Davidsons establish the Davidson Institute for
Talent Development, a 501(c)3
operating foundation and officially launch the Davidson Young
The mission of the Davidson Institute is to
recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people
and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to
make a positive difference.
Davidson Gifted Database, a free, online database
with thousands of articles and resources, becomes available to
anyone with access to the Internet.
The inaugural Davidson Fellows Scholarship program
is held in Washington, D.C. with nine award recipients.
The Davidson Institute begins holding annual
Summits for Young Scholars.
Partnering with Simon & Schuster, Bob and Jan
Davidson, with co-author Laura Vanderkam, publish Genius Denied:
How to Stop Wasting our Brightest Young Minds.
The first annual THINK Summer Institute, a
three-week academic summer camp for students (ages 13-16) to earn
college credits, is held on the campus of the University of Nevada,
Reno. Attendees state this is the first time they have been
The Davidson Academy of Nevada, the first public
school of its kind in the nation for profoundly gifted middle and
high school students, opens on the campus of the University of
The Young Scholar Ambassador Program is
established, designed to foster learning and civic engagement
through community service, volunteerism and leadership in highly
motivated, mature and socially conscious Young Scholars.
The Davidson Academy moves into its current
location in the Jot Travis Building on the University of Nevada,
The first annual Davidson Summer STARS program is held, a
weeklong summer camp for Young Scholars between 8 and 12 years old.
The Davidson Academy is accredited by the
Northwest Accreditation Commission (now AdvancED).