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They are bright

Their potential is extraordinary

They simply learn differently

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood Elementary School is a centre of excellence in developmentally informed instruction that empowers children with learning disabilities in a passionate, progressive and inspiring learning environment.

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Our Students

Our Students

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School is recognized as a leader in teaching children with learning difficulties that include the acquisition, organization, retention, understanding and use of verbal and nonverbal information. These learning difficulties often affect children who otherwise demonstrate average or above-average abilities essential for thinking and reasoning.

To find out if your child would be a good fit for KGMS learn more here.

Inside the Classroom

Inside the Classroom

KGMS develops the whole child. This endeavour is complex, requiring many people, programs and services to address each child’s unique needs. Most of our classes have a maximum of 15 students. Instruction and daily activities are conducted, for the most part, in small group settings with an approximate teacher to student ratio of 5:1.

Through a combination of technology, activities, oral and written work, our teachers actively find ways for each student to succeed. They build upon these successes to make learning attainable, stimulating and rewarding. Our students thrive in this kind of supportive environment.

Learning Environment

Learning Environment

Ministry of Education prescribed curriculum is addressed in all instructional areas from grades 1 – 7. Materials are adapted and accommodations are made to meet each child’s individual needs. Every student receives daily, individualized one-on-one tutoring. Most students have the same tutor for their entire time at KGMS. This relationship nurtures the child’s growth, building a foundation for educational success.

All of tutors are trained and certified in the world-renowned Orton-Gillingham Method. This multi-sensory method engages learners visually, auditorily and kinesthetically. The learning sequence is systematic and takes the student step-by-step from basic concepts that progress to more complex languages functions.

Dynamic Environment

Dynamic Environment

At KGMS, we teach the way your child learns. We believe that every child is unique, and rather than requiring him or her to fit within a rigid, pre-determined program we create a learning environment that’s adaptive, producing the best possible circumstances for success.

Our students work in a dynamic classroom setting that includes whole class, small group and one-on-one tutoring. Instruction and activities are conducted with a student-teacher ratio of 5:1. Ministry of Education prescribed curriculum is addressed in all instructional areas from grades 1 – 7.

Educational Excellence

Educational Excellence

With over 40 years of experience, KGMS has a long tradition of educational excellence. We use the world-renowned Orton-Gillingham Method which teaches students visually, auditorily and kinesthetically, allowing them to engage in their learning and retain skills and concepts that would have previously been forgotten.

Children receive daily individualized one-on-one tutoring. Depending upon their needs, the tutoring sessions may develop reading using the Orton-Gillingham method, mathematics using critical thinking and problem-solving strategies or social emotional skills through direct instruction and supervised play.

Empowering through Learning

Empowering through Learning

Every student receives an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) which is developed by the classroom teacher with input from the student’s tutor, and in collaboration with the parents. The IEP customizes instructional strategies and resources to address the child’s strengths and needs.

Our program empowers students and restores confidence in their abilities. We prove to our students that they are intelligent and they are entitled to learn joyously, to succeed and to reach their potential. We equip them with an understanding of their learning style and a vision for their future, enabling them to become successful self-advocates in the real world.


Our Story

At KGMS, we believe that a safe, nurturing environment is key to academic success. We believe that every child is unique and that their differences should be celebrated. We believe in an innovative approach to education that’s forward-thinking yet rooted in history. We believe that every child deserves to fit in, to feel like they’re on the inside. Above all, we believe in the potential of our students.

We are committed to whole-child development, and our educational approach adapts to the individual needs and learning styles of each student. We empower our students to move past their learning obstacles so they may experience success and a sense of pride in their abilities. At KGMS, you will see dynamic and capable children who are thriving and finding joy in learning.

Watch this beautiful video celebrating the 40th anniversary of KGMS which was started by Anne Rushforth.



Who Should Apply?

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School occupies a unique position among independent schools that specialize in teaching children with learning disabilities, being the first of its kind in Western Canada. With over 40 years of experience, we’ve determined that the following attributes are required of a potential student:

  • Complete a current psycho-educational assessment which indicates a language-based learning disability;
  • Meet the Ministry of Education guidelines for designation of a learning disability;
  • Have average to superior intelligence;
  • Demonstrate that the primary impediments to the student’s learning process are learning differences. Any behavioral, physical or emotional issues must be of secondary concern.

KGMS is a “school of second choice”. If your first choice of school, public or private, has not met the needs of your child we invite you to consider an alternative. If your child meets the above criteria, please contact us today for a tour with the Head of School.

KGMS BBQ - 20 September 2014

Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 17th to lroxburgh@gmail.com, advising if you are attending, how many in your group and which meal choice you would like.


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curriculum night - 16 september 2014

You are invited to our Curriculum Night on Tuesday, September 16th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Join us to explore, review and discuss what lies ahead for students at KGMS this school year.

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DI Fundraiser - Emily Press Labels

Keep all your children’s gear organized and out of the Lost & Found! We’ve partnered with Emily Press Labels to help identify belongings so they return home.

Their personalized name labels are super durable, dishwasher, microwave and laundry safe. Available in lots of cool designs and colors too!

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Towel donations

We would welcome donations of old large towels (e.g. bath or swimming towels) to help soak up liquids (mainly water) on all surfaces especially the floors. The towels do not have to be pretty but obviously must not have inappropriate designs or images for our students. Please drop towels in the light blue Rubbermaid bin in Room 7 near Katherine’s desk.


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Welcome BBQ

Our third annual Welcome Back to School BBQ will be on Saturday, September 20th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

Join us for a BBQ, activities, music, face painting. This is a good opportunity to meet and welcome new families.

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MPC Wine & Cheese Gathering

Parents are invited to share their event & program ideas for the upcoming school year and sign up for MPC volunteer positions.

This event is hosted by the MPC (Maplewood Parent Community). More details will be provided about the MPC and how you can contribute.

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Casual Day

Students are not required to wear their uniform on casual days.

Pro-D Day

Students will not attend on Monday, September 29th, which is our first Professional Development day of the year.

Test Event

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Thanksgiving Holiday

The school will be closed on Monday, October 13th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

District Pro-D Day

Students will not attend on Friday, October 24th as this is a District Pro-D day.

Halloween/Casual Day

Friday, October 31st is casual day or students can wear costumes for Halloween.

Report Writing Day

Students will not attend on Friday, November 7th as this is Report Writing Day.

School Closed

The school will be closed on Monday, November 10th.

Remembrance Day

The school will be closed on Tuesday, November 11th for the Remembrance Day holiday.

Report Cards home

Report cards will be sent home on Monday, November 24th.

Book Fair

The annual book fair will take place from Tuesday to Thursday, November 25th to 27th.

Book Fair

The annual book fair will take place from Tuesday to Thursday, November 25th to 27th.

Parent/Teacher/Tutor Conferences

Parent conferences with your child’s teacher & tutor will take place on Wednesday, November 26th.

A sign up request will be sent out beforehand.

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Book Fair

The annual book fair will take place from Tuesday to Thursday, November 25th to 27th.

Casual Day

Students are not required to wear their uniform on Friday, November 28th as this a casual day.

Last day before Christmas break/casual day

Friday, December 19th is the last day before the Christmas break.

It is also a casual day.

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First day back

The first day back after the Christmas break is Monday, January 12th.

Casual day

Monday, January 30th is a casual day.

Pro-D day

Students will not attend on Friday, February 6th as this is a Professional Development day.

Family Day holiday

The school will be closed on Monday, February 9th for the Family Day holiday.

Pancake breakfast

Students will enjoy our annual pancake breakfast on Friday, February 13th.

Report writing day

Students will not attend on Friday, February 20th as this is Report Writing Day.

Casual day

Friday, February 27th is a casual day.

Report cards home

Report cards will be sent home on Wednesday, March 4th.

Last day before Spring Break/casual day

The last day before Spring Break is Thursday, March 5th.

This is also a casual day.

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Spring break

The school will be closed for Spring Break from Monday, March 9th to Friday, March 20th.

First day back

The first day back after Spring Break is Monday, March 23rd.

Casual day

Friday, March 27th is a casual day.

Good Friday

The school will be closed on Friday, April 3rd for Good Friday.

Easter Monday

The school will be closed on Monday, April 6th for Easter Monday.

Casual Day

Friday, April 17th is a casual day.

Pro-D Day

Students will not attend on Friday, April 24th which is a Professional Development day.


Support Us

KGMS is a non-profit organization, which relies heavily on the generosity of corporate sponsors, alumni, friends, family and community organizations to help finance the ever-increasing costs of providing specialized programming for students with learning difficulties. Your gift will help create a dynamic, supportive educational experience – one that will help each student achieve his or her unique potential.

Please contact us to learn more about the opportunities that your donation can create and to make a donation by cheque or credit card.

To donate by Paypal (no account required), please complete the form below.

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Attend Gala

Growing Hearts and Minds Gala 2014
to benefit
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Pinnacle Hotel at The Pier
138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

Reception at 6 pm | Dinner 7:30
Dress Semi Formal

Emcee | Dave Sheldon, CKNW
Auctioneer | Jay Scott, courtesy of Maynards

Individual tickets – $100 • Early bird price $85 to midnight on January 31st
Corporate Table Sponsorship including 10 tickets – $2000 (information below)


Visit or Contact Us

If you’re considering KGMS for your child, we invite you to come take a tour with our Head of School, Dr James Christopher. For all other inquiries, please fill out the contact form below or give us a call!

Dr James Christopher - Head of School

Dr James Christopher – Head of School

Mailing Address:
420 Seymour River Place
North Vancouver, BC
V7H 1S8

Tel: 604 985-5224
Fax: 604 985-4562
Email: Dr. James Christopher, Head of School

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