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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.

Spirit Week

The SLC is hosting our annual Spirit Week from Monday, May 25th to Friday, May 29th as follows. NOTE: School uniforms are required if students choose not to wear the theme of the day. Monday May 25 Sport Uniform Day – Students and staff are invited to dress for the day in you’re favourite sport attire! Tuesday May 26 PJ/Crazy Hair Day – Get out of bed and come straight to school, messy hair and PJ’s! Cookies and movie at lunch in the gym. Wednesday May 27 Formal Day – Dress to Impress! Walk the red carpet and come to a formal assembly. Paparazzi will be there with cameras. Thursday May 28 Matching Day – Dress up in the same outfits with friends from your class or other students in the school. *Challenge Group selling snow cones at lunch and after school for Div. 1-6 only. Friday May 29 Freaky Friday (Casual Day) – Students dress as teachers AND teachers dress as students. *Challenge Group selling snow cones at lunch and after school for Div.7 through HS only. Spirit Week May 25 -29 2015

Kollapsible Goats DI podcast on CBC

CBC’s North by Northwest did a podcast on KGMS and the Kollapsible Goats Destination Imagination team.

If you would like to support the team and the DI program, email info@kgms.ca. A charitable tax receipt will be issued for any donations.

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Woodworking Open House

Join us for an open house on Thursday, May 28th to showcase the woodworking projects the high school students have completed and the skills they have learned in woodworking classes this year.

Indicate which time you would like to attend and return the slip to the office.

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Cap U Information Session

Capilano University is hosting an Information Session at 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 14th regarding their new Education & Employment Access program.

This 8 month program is for students with learning difficulties and will offer specific support in their transition to post secondary education and employment.

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Design Fair Article in NSN

Check out the lovely article and photos about the KGMS & Emily Carr Design Fair held in April.

Design Fair in NSN May 2015

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Purdy's Fundraiser

Chloe H & Cameron B of Division 8 are selling Purdy’s chocolate bars with proceeds to Mossum Creek Hatchery.

Bars will be sold for $2.00 each at recess and lunch from Wednesday to Friday, May 6-8th.

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Plant Order Pickup

Plant orders will be ready for pick up in the atrium by the portables between 2:00 and 3:30 pm on Wednesday & Thursday, May 6th & 7th ONLY.

If you cannot pick up your order, please contact leahpostman@gmail.com to make alternate arrangements.

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Woodworking Open House

Join us for an open house on Thursday, May 28th to showcase the woodworking projects the high school students have completed and the skills they have learned in woodworking classes this year.

Indicate which time you would like to attend and return the slip to the office.

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Casual Day May 2015

Friday, May 29th is a casual day.

Report Writing Day June 2015

Students will not attend on Friday, June 5th as this is Report Card Writing day.

Staff Appreciation Tea

The MPC is hosting a Staff Appreciation Tea on Friday, June 5th.

Anyone wishing to help can contact leahpostman@gmail.com.

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Last Day 2015

The last day for students is Thursday, June 18th with dismissal at noon. More details to follow.


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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