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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.

KGMS Bus Schedule 2016-17

KGMS Transportation Schedule 2016-17

If your child normally takes the bus and is ill, please contact Lynch Bus Lines at 604-439-0842 as well as letting the school know. Also contact Lynch if your child will not be on the bus on a normal day & time (ie. not riding in the afternoon like they usually do).

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Yearbooks have arrived!

The yearbooks have arrived!   With a possible postal strike, we will hold off on mailing them. However, if you or your child are anxious to get your yearbook, please feel free to drop by the school to pick it up.   Katherine is here from 8:00 am until 2:30 pm each day. She will be away from July 21st to the 30th.

2016 Talent Show Videos!

Congratulations to the students on their performances during the 2016 KGMS Has Talent show!

We had 2 cameras rolling this year, so there is an extra set of footage. You can now watch it on our school Vimeo account at the links below.

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Summer "Brain Camp" for children


Sharon Selby, a Counsellor who has worked with KGMS staff is offering Summer “Brain Camp” sessions for children to teach Anxiety Management.

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Welcome Back BBQ - September 6th

The Annual Welcome Back BBQ for new and returning families will be on Tuesday, September 6th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

Register at the following site to volunteer and start collecting your volunteer hours early!

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Extra Casual Day - 16 June

Students have been given an extra casual day on Thursday, June 16th! The last 1/2 day is also casual.

Yearbook orders

Order forms have been sent home with students. The deadline for orders is Thursday, June 16th. Cost is $25.00. Contact Katherine or Shellie if you need a form OR call Carrie with your credit card information.

They will be mailed in early August.

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Homestay families required

The Muskoka Language International rents space in our school each summer to bring students from Japan to learn English. They are URGENTLY in need of great host families for their summer programs.

Hongo Junior and Senior High School – July 27-August 7 (11 nights)

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No hot lunch on June 9th

There will be no hot lunch on Thursday, June 9th so please send a lunch for your child. However, the last two hot lunches will be available next week.

Backpack Buddies Thank you

Thank you from the Student Leadership / Social Responsibility Club (Theresa, Isaac, Daniel, Hannah & Patrick) for all your support of Backpack Buddies. We’re happy to report that Crazy Hat, Crazy Hair Day raised enough to give a $51.00 surplus to our Sierra Leone fund!


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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.


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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