Level Four Development began by founder Josh Jones in 2005 while working as a computer teacher at Pendleton High School. The software development at Level Four began with ecommerce work, which began to sell in multiple countries and at a rapid pace. Soon, Level Four's first project began to create enough buzz that it had sold in 35+ countries around the world and with hundreds of clients, including several fortune 500 companies utilizing the software in their projects.
Soon, in 2008, Josh had seen a need at his local High School to develop efficient software for managing the study hall and advisory program. Students were moving amongst teachers, but using sign-in sheets, sticky-notes, and the commonly missing students were roaming the hallways. After developing some prototype software to manage the study hall students, teachers began utilizing a former version of GEARS and seeing the benefits of having students requested and scheduled to move and hundreds of kids each day were moving according to the scheduling software.
In 2011, GEARS was developed to be a commercial oriented and powerful education application that could handle much more than just the needs of one school. The new modular system allowed for the addition of not only the study hall module, but the new disciplinary module for staff to monitor and track referral tickets. And with the introduction of data importing and exporting, administration controls, and more, the software was ready to go live for other schools to enjoy.