The Webb City R-VII School District is committed to an educational program that recognizes the unique value, needs, and talents of each inpidual student. It recognizes, however, that the academically gifted students possess extraordinary abilities to think creatively and critically. These cognitive and affective needs can best be met by an environment that provides for a differentiated learning format. The Webb City R-VII Gifted Enrichment Model, or GEM Program, is for the academically gifted student, as defined by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Section 162.675, RSMO:

those students who exhibit precocious development of mental capacity and learning potential as determined by competent professional evaluation to the extent that continued educational growth and stimulation could best be served by an academic environment beyond that offered through a standard grade-level curriculum.

The GEM program is intended not as a reward or status symbol for selected students, but is intended to be an educational intervention for those who might benefit by it. It is, therefore, dedicated to meeting the needs of the gifted student by providing differentiated instruction suitable for their levels of intellectual, physical, and social maturity.