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They are bright

Their potential is extraordinary

They simply learn differently

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood 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 – 8. 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 – 8.

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.

April Casual Day - 25 april 2014

To clarify, Friday, April 25th is still a casual day for anyone who does not wish to participate in the Dress Sassy not Classy Day organized by our Student Leadership.

MPC Coffee & Conversation - April 25

Join other parents at the next MPC Coffee & Conversation morning, on Friday, April 25th at 8:25am in the library.

Where does tuition fit into the financing of KGMS?  Jim Christopher, Head of School, answers this question and more in his presentation, Where Does the Money Go?: The Business of Learning.

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Understanding Your Child's Psycho-Educational Assessment - May 1

Join us in the library on Thursday, May 1st from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

A little fuzzy on the meaning of the terminology used and the data generated in the report of your child’s psycho-educational assessment?  Just what are the report’s implications for his or her educational performance?  Get your questions answered so that you are in a better position to advocate for your child’s educational needs.

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Recycle fluorscent lights

The Environmental Club has started a recycling project. Bring your spent compact fluorescent light bulbs, (spiral ones) and we will recycle them safely, instead of potentially leaking mercury into our landfills.

A deposit box will be near the office.

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Kidsbooks welcomes Kenneth Oppel!

It is the tenth anniversary of Airborn and Kenneth Oppel is presenting his newest book, The Boundless. Wednesday, May 7th at 7:00pm, North Vancouver District Library, Lynn Valley Branch, 1277 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time and are redeemable towards a Kenneth Oppel book on the night of the event only. Flyer for more details:  Kenneth Oppel_family_flyer

Dress CRAZY Day!

Dress crazy, by yourself, with a group or a partner on Wednesday, April 23rd as part of Spirit Week.


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Sports Costume Day!

Wear any sports costume on Sports Costume Day! Thursday, April 24th.  Capture the flag game or dodgeball at lunch, students vs. teachers. 

Dress Classy not Sassy!

Stay Classy not Sassy! Dress like an adult on Friday, April 25th – wear a suit, skirt, dress, blazer, tie, dress shoes, collared shirt; staff members to wear KGMS uniforms; walk the red carpet at lunch time.

School Spirit Week

Student Leadership is producing 3 fun days to build school spirit and pride, from Wednesday, April 23rd to Friday the 25th.

  • Wednesday – Dress in something CRAZY Day! With a partner, a group or just you.
  • Thursday – Sports Costume Day! Capture the flag game or dodgeball at lunch, students vs. teachers.
  • Friday – Stay Classy not Sassy! Dress like an adult – wear a suit, skirt, dress, blazer, tie, dress shoes, collared shirt; staff members to wear KGMS uniforms; Walk the red carpet at lunch time.

Martial Arts Summer Camps

Christian Heno who runs Conquer the Dragon classes for many of our students, is offering two 1 week camps in July. See details below.

MA training camp.

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Casual Day - April 25, 2014

Friday, April 25th is a casual day.

MPC Coffee & Conversation - April 25, 2014

The MPC Coffee & Conversation will be on Friday, April 25th at 8:35am. Location to be announced.

Interpreting Our Child's Psycho-Educational Assessment

Join us on Thursday, May 1st for the following:

If you don’t really understand the results, terminology and implications of your child’s psycho-educational assessment, all will be explained at this seminar with Dr. Barbara Holmes, Virginia Tze and Carleigh Kula.  Open to the public.

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Victoria Day - May 19, 2014

The school will be closed on Monday, May 19th for the Victoria Day holiday.

MPC Meeting - May 21, 2014

The MPC Meeting will be on Wednesday, May 21st at 7:00pm. Location to be announced.

Casual Day - May 30, 2014

Casual day will be on Friday, May 30th.

MPC Coffee & Conversation - May 30, 2014

The MPC Coffee & Conversation meeting will be on Friday, May 30th at 8:35am.  Location to be announced.

Curriculum Implementation - June 6, 2014

Students will not attend on Friday, June 6th due to Curriculum Implementation Day.

Sports Day - June 12, 2014

Our annual Sports Day will be on Thursday, June 12th.

Casual Day - June 13, 2014

Casual day will be on Friday, June 13th.

MPC Coffee & Conversation - June 13, 2014

The last MPC Coffee & Conversation meeting of the school year will be on Friday, June 13th at 8:35am. Location to be announced.

Last school day/Closing Assembly - June 19, 2014

Thursday, June 19th will be the last half day of school.

The Closing Assembly will take place in the morning. More details to follow. Report cards will also be sent home.

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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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