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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.

Valentine Activities - 2016

The SLC has organized some fun Valentine themed activities as follows:

  • Valentine card making on Wednesday and Thursday – at lunchtime in Ms. Hill’s room
  • Cookie decorating on Thursday & Friday at lunchtime in the library – $2.00 (fundraiser for Sierra Leone) to decorate a cookie kindly donated by Thrifty’s Foods
  • Gym games for K to Grade 5 on Friday at lunchtime

Pancake Breakfast - Feb 12

The annual KGMS pancake breakfast will be on Friday, February 12th. Dr. Christopher will be preparing yummy pancakes, accompanied by fruit, whipping cream and drinks.

If your child has allergies, please send an alternative so they can share in this fun activity.

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5 day weekend!

We are heading into a 5 day weekend!

The school will be closed on Thursday & Friday, February 4th & 5th. Our teachers and tutors will be attending a 2 day Educator Conference.

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Sleep Quality

Our school psychologist Jeff Ballou provided us with the following article on sleep quality.

Sleep Quality Article

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Author Ashley Spires Visit January 29th

Ashley Spires, author of the “Binky the Cat” series will visit KGMS on Friday, January 29th.

FLYER Ashley Spires at KGMS

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School Calendar Rev 2

Two items have been added to the school calendar.

  1. Friday, January 29th – Author Ashley Spires of the “Binky the Cat” series will be speaking at KGMS. More details to follow.
  2. Friday, February 26th – The KGMS “Read to Succeed” Vancouver Giants Hockey Game. More details to follow.

The revised copy of the calendar can be downloaded below.

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Family Day Holiday

The school will be closed on Monday, February 8th for the Family Day holiday.

Pancake Breakfast 2016

Our annual Pancake Breakfast will take place on Friday, February 12th.

Dr. Christopher will be preparing yummy pancakes that will accompanied by fruit, whipping cream and drinks.

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Report Writing Day - Feb 19

Students will not attend on Friday, February 19th as this is Report Card writing day for our teachers & tutors.

Casual Day - Feb 26

Friday, February 26th is a casual day.

Casual Day - March 4th

Friday, March 4th is a casual day.

Report Cards Home

Report Cards will be sent home on Monday, March 7th.

Last day for students before spring break

The last day for students before Spring Break is Wednesday, March 9th.

Parent Conferences March 10th

Parent Teacher Tutor Conferences take place on Thursday, March 10th. Students will not attend unless they are being observed in tutoring.

Shellie will send details closer to that time so you can book your appointment.

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Spring break 2016

The school will be closed for Spring Break & Easter, from Friday, March 11th until Monday, March 28th.

Our first day back is Tuesday, March 29th.

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Pro-D day - April 22

Students will not attend on Friday, April 22nd as this is a Professional Development day for our staff.

Casual day - April 29th

Friday, April 29th is a casual day.

Pro-D Day - May 20th

Students will not attend on Friday, May 20th as this is a Professional Development Day for our staff.

Victoria Day 2016

The school will be closed on Monday, May 23rd for the Victoria Day holiday.

Casual Day - May 27

Friday, May 27th is a casual day.

Report Writing Day - June 3

No students will attend on Friday, June 3rd as this is our last Report Card Writing Day of the school year.

Sports Day 2016

Our annual sports day will be on Thursday, June 9th. More details will follow.

Casual Day - June 10

Our last casual day for the school year is Friday, June 10th.

KGMS Has Talent Show 2016

Our annual KGMS Has Talent Show will be on Thursday, June 16th.

Family and friends are welcome to join us for what is always a fantastic show!

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Last 1/2 Day / closing ceremony

Our last 1/2 day and Closing Ceremony is on Friday, June 17th. Report cards will be sent home also.


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 2015
to benefit
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School

Saturday, February 27, 2016
Pinnacle Hotel at The Pier
138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

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

More information to follow.


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

Staff Contact List

KGMS Staff Contacts 2015-16

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