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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.

Scholastic Book Orders

The first Scholastic book order forms were sent home with students. You can now pay for your child’s book order by credit card online through the Scholastic site (http://www.scholastic.ca/clubs/parentpay/). You may also pay by cheque made out to “Scholastic Canada” or with cash. Every order earns bonus coupons that are used to add books and resources to the library and classrooms.

To order books with parent pay, use “Kenneth Gordon Maplewood Sch” as the school name and “Danielle Auger” as the teacher name. They will appear in a drop down list. Books will still be delivered to the school.

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Student Portrait Day - 29 September 2015

Student photos will be taken on Tuesday, September 29th. All elementary students are required to wear their full uniforms.

NOTE: This is the day after our Pro-D Day.

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Pro-D Day - 28 September 2015

Students will not attend on Monday, September 28th, which is our first Professional Development Day of the year.

Donation Materials Needed

Materials for Enrichment program needed

If you have any of the following materials that you would like to get rid of, please donate them to our Enrichment Program:

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Evite for Welcome Back BBQ

Here is the evite to our Welcome Back BBQ being held on Saturday, September 19th from 2:00 to 5:00pm.

Deadline for registering is 5:00pm on Thursday, September 17th.

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Thanksgiving - 12 October 2015

The school will be closed on Monday, October 12th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Provincial Pro-D Day - 23 October 2015

Students will not attend on Friday, October 23rd as this is a Provincial Professional Development Day.

Student Photo Retakes - 27 October 2015

Our photographer will return on Tuesday, October 27th to retake photos if required and for anyone who was missed.

Halloween/Casual Day - 30 October 2015

Students can wear costumes or casual clothing on Friday, October 30th. There will be Halloween activities.

Report Writing Day - 6 November 2015

Students will not attend on Friday, November 6th as this is Report Card Writing Day.

Remembrance Day - 11 November 2015

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

Book Fair - 24 to 26 November 2015

Our annual Book Fair runs from Tuesday to Thursday, November 24th to 26th, in the library.

Parent Conferences - 25 November 2015

Parent Teacher Tutor Conferences will be all day Wednesday, November 25th. Students do not attend.

Casual Day - 27 November 2015

Friday, November 27th is a casual day.

Last day before Christmas break/Casual Day - 18 December 2015

The last day of school before Christmas break is Friday, December 18th. This is also a casual day.

Winter Break - 21 Dec 2015 to 8 Jan 2016

The school is closed from December 21st to January 8th for our Winter Break.

First day back - 11 January 2016

The first day back after the Winter break is Monday, January 11th, 2016.

Author Ashley Spires Talk - 27 January 2016

Author Ashley Spires will speak at the school on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016.

Ashley is a BC children’s book illustrator.

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Casual Day - 29 January 2016

Provincial Educator Conference - 4 February 2016

The school will be closed on Thursday and Friday, February 4th & 5th for a Provincial Educator Conference.

Provincial Educator Conference - 5 February 2016

The school will be closed on Thursday and Friday, February 4th & 5th for a Provincial Educator Conference.


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 21, 2015
Pinnacle Hotel at The Pier
138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

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

Emcee | Mark Docherty
Auctioneer | Jay Scott, Maynards

Individual tickets – $125.00
Corporate Table Sponsorship including 10 tickets – $2000

KGMS Gala Ticket Form 2015



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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