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A Life Changing Experience

Welcome to Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School (KGMS). We are pleased that you are considering KGMS. We believe in developing the whole child, our students are at the heart of our program. Together we foster a community built on warmth, understanding and inclusivity.

Our dynamic approach to education helps students gain the confidence, skills and abilities to become self-advocates in navigating the world around them.

Let’s connect to get the conversation started about the application process. Following receipt of your completed inquiry form, a member of our administration team will contact you to guide you through the next steps in the admissions process. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Stella Tsiknis
Director of Admissions

Who Should Apply?

Families that believe the uniqueness of each student should drive the focus of an educational program. Our student-centered approach integrates multisensory opportunities, Orton-Gillingham methodology, 1:1 tutoring, and social development to support learners.

Applicants should:

  • Have a psycho-educational assessment indicating a language-based learning disability; or other supporting documentation indicating other learning challenges including, but not limited to chronic health, visual or hearing impairments or Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Demonstrate that the primary impediment to a student’s learning process is learning differences. Any behavioural, physical or emotional needs must be of secondary concern*
  • Have average to above average intelligence
  • Meet the Ministry of Education guidelines for special education designation

*KGMS does not provide Educational Assistants for students in need of 1:1 support






The school is able to keep tuition significantly below the actual cost of educating students through a combination of government grants and fundraising.

Additional Fees

  • Application Fee: $150
  • Admissions: $600
  • School supplies: K-7: $300 / 8-12: $600
  • Technology: $300
  • Volunteer commitment deposit: $500

How Do I Apply?

Step 1: Learn About Us

Thanks for stopping by! Choosing a school for your student is a big decision. We want to ensure that you are equipped with the information you need to make an informed decision. We invite you to connect with us to find out more about KGMS before you complete an application.


  • Watch our webinar (coming soon)
  • Take a virtual tour
  • Attend an open house 
  • Learn more about our community through social media


  • Submit your Admissions Inquiry Form here.
  • Feel free to connect with us anytime at here.

Step 2: Apply

KGMS offers placements from grades Kindergarten through to Grade 12 for students with adapted learning plans based on the Ministry of Education’s requirements. We accept applications for all grades; however, space is limited and typically based on attrition. Please note at the time of application, there is a non-refundable $150 application fee.


  • Depending on student designation, the following documents should be included in a students’ application:
    • Current psychoeducational evaluation
    • Original Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis
    • Original Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnosis
    • Current Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
    • Last three summative report cards
    • Any assessments/diagnosis relevant to academic, health and socio-emotional needs
    • Grade 10-12 only: a current transcript including a list of completed courses to date


  • A member of our Admissions team will reach out to you with the next steps.
Apply Here

Step 3: Assessment Process

After reviewing the completed application and getting to know your student and family, the KGMS Admissions team will reach out to you.

Step 4: Admissions Decision / Grow With Us

If we feel KGMS is an appropriate educational placement for your student, they may be offered enrollment or waitlisted if space is limited.

  • Accepted: once your Admissions package is offered, families will have two weeks to submit their deposit and secure placement.
  • Waitpooled: acceptance from our waitpool is based on best fit for the program and not first come, first served. If a suitable opportunity becomes available, KGMS Admissions will be in contact.
  • Declined: decision details are communicated directly to the family.

Changing Schools

Making the transition to a new school can be a challenging process. KGMS is an independent school and we understand that the processes may be unfamiliar. Please reach out and we will be happy to support you through the transition.

We make every effort to ensure that you’re not alone throughout the exploration and application process. We work closely with families to share information, recommend resources and discuss our academic program.

Bursary Program

The decision to enroll and explore an independent alternative for your family can be a stressful proposition. Searching for the right school and considering the financial commitment can be overwhelming.

KGMS has a well-established Bursary Program intended for families that may feel the cost of a KGMS education is unattainable. At KGMS we attempt to increase accessibility for many families who may not otherwise be able to participate in the education we provide. We work to ensure that our tuition is affordable, and that financial assistance is available for families that may require it.

* Some families have had success applying for external grants from CKNW Kid’s Fund and Variety — The Children’s Charity.

Admissions FAQs

Do you accept students in the middle of the year?

Yes, we offer rolling admissions throughout the year.

Does KGMS accept international students?

At this point of time KGMS does not accept international students.

What are the admissions fees?

There is a non-refundable $150 admissions application fee.

Do you have a waitpool?

Yes. Depending on available space at each grade level, prospective students may enter a waitpool.

How many students are enrolled at KGMS?

There are approximately 205 students enrolled at KGMS.

My child requires 1:1 support from a teacher or teaching assistant for their learning needs. Would KGMS’s program be suitable for their needs?

1:1 learning is only provided during Orton-Gillingham tutoring. If a child benefits from 1:1 learning throughout their school day, KGMS’s program would not be suitable for their needs.

Does KGMS have a bursary program?

Yes, once a student has been accepted, families may apply for the KGMS bursary fund for tuition assistance.

Program FAQs

How do you engage students in academics?

Students are engaged in learning through an adapted academic program that integrates and normalizes student services needs. The instructional approach draws from the principles of Universal Design for Learning. This is a multimodal approach that seeks to enable students to engage with, represent and take action with and express their learning in a way that draws upon their strengths. For further information, please see Academics.

Does KGMS follow the BC curriculum?

Yes, KGMS follows the BC curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 12 with the exception of second language instruction; students receive three report cards a year covering all subjects.

Does every student have an Individual Education Plan (IEP)?

Yes, every student at KGMS has an IEP developed at the beginning of the school year based on the pertinent learning goals for that school year. It is officially reviewed and revised twice a year. IEP goals and objectives may be revised outside of these times as well, as we often see many students’ skill development accelerate upon receiving effective instruction and intervention for their learning needs.

Outside of the classroom program and Orton-Gillingham tutoring, what other supports are available to students?

KGMS employs a number of student service professionals to support in the development of a student’s IEP goals. Student service professionals include: Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, School Psychologist, Developmental Consultant, and school-based counsellors for elementary and high school.

Do students need a specific diagnosis to access the support of student service professionals?

No, KGMS believes in Universal Design for Learning. All students will be considered for a student service referral in line with IEP goals and objectives.

How many students are in a class?

Elementary classrooms are 18 students to a class with 2 classroom teachers. Student numbers in high school classes are subject dependent.

How often are students in small groups for learning?

Students are in small groups for daily learning in reading, writing and math. Each of these lessons includes a subject specialist who collaborates with the classroom teachers. Students are organized into groups of approximately 1:6 amongst the 3 teachers.

What time does school start?

Classes begin at 8:15 AM.

Do you have combined classes?

KGMS is organized into junior, middle and senior departments. Within these departments, students may be in straight grade or mixed grade groupings.

What extracurriculars are offered?

We currently offer leadership, SOGI & DEJI initiatives, arts clubs, intramurals and basketball. Most extracurriculars occur during the lunch hour in order to accommodate those commuting from outside the Maplewood community.

Do students wear uniforms?

Elementary students wear school uniforms. High school students are expected to follow a dress code but aren’t required to wear a KGMS uniform.

Does KGMS provide bus service?

Yes. Our bus program has dedicated pick ups in Coquitlam, Burnaby, Vancouver and North Vancouver. The service is available for a monthly fee depending on full time (AM/PM) or one-way transport, or a daily rate.

How are parents involved at KGMS?

We work closely with families to ensure Individual Education Plan’s (IEP) fit the needs of their child. In addition to regular progress updates, we are committed to consistent communication and collaboration.

We also hold parent education evenings on topics that encompass academic programming, demystification, safety and finance.

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We are grateful to be living, working and learning on the unceded traditional and ancestral lands of the Coast Salish territory of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.