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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.

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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.

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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.

https://vimeo.com/87748502

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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.

Homestay Hosts needed

A local language school is bringing Japanese students to learn English at KGMS over the Spring Break.

If you are interested in being a host family for a student, see details below.

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Gift card fundraiser

Gift card order forms will be sent home on Friday, February 24th.

The deadline for orders is Friday, March 2nd which will allow delivery of the cards before Spring Break.

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Guess the beans!

Test your guessing skills in the high school jar guessing fundraiser to support their science field trip.

Guessing will happen at recess and lunch from Monday, February 27th to Friday, March 3rd.

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Hotdog Fundraiser

The high school students will be holding a hotdog sale fundraiser on Wednesday, March 1st to support their field trip to Bamfield Marine Science Centre in May.

Hotdogs will be $1 each and sold at lunchtime.

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Gala Volunteer Sign-up

This year’s Growing Hearts and Minds Gala is quickly approaching. It takes many volunteers to create a successful event. We need volunteers to help out the day of the Gala on February 25th and the next day.

Don’t forget that all volunteer hours with the Gala count towards your KGMS volunteer hours.

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Gala silent auction ends at noon on Friday

The silent auction ends at noon on Friday, February 24th. Check out all of the fantastic times to bid on at https://kgmsauction.com.

Please share this with everyone in your network!

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Pink Shirt Day

Students may wear pink shirts and/or accessories on Wednesday, February 22nd for Pink Shirt Day.

Student Leadership will be accepting donations of $2 for anti-bullying and a student representative will come to classrooms during the day.

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Progress Reports Home - March 29th

Progress Reports will be sent home on Wednesday, March 29th.

Casual Day - March 30th

Thursday, March 30th is a casual day.

Parent Conferences - March 31st

Parent/Teacher/Tutor Conferences take place on Friday, March 31st.

There will be no school for students. Students may accompany their parents if they are being observed in tutoring.

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Pro-D Day - April 13th

Students will not attend on Thursday, April 13th as this is a Pro-D day.

Good Friday 2017

The school will be closed on Friday, April 14th for the Good Friday holiday.

Easter Monday - April 17th

The school will be closed on Monday, April 17th for the Easter Monday holiday.

Casual Day - April 28th

Students can wear casual clothing on Friday, April 28th.

Pro-D Day - May 19th

Students will not attend on Friday, May 19th as this is a Pro-D Day.

Victoria Day 2017

The school will be closed on Monday, May 22nd for the Victoria Day holiday.

Casual Day - May 26th

Friday, May 26th is a casual day.

Report Writing Day - June 2nd

Students will not attend on Friday, June 2nd as this is Report Card Writing Day.

Sports Day 2017

Students will participate in our annual Sports Day activities on Thursday, June 8th which includes a hot dog lunch.

Casual Day - June 9th

Students can wear casual clothing on Friday, June 9th.

KGMS has talent show - June 15th

Our annual KGMS Has Talent Show will be on Thursday, June 15th. Please arrive early.

Family and friends are welcome to join us for what is always a fantastic show!

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Last 1/2 day / Report cards home 2017

Our last 1/2 day for classroom cleanup and class parties is on Friday, June 16th. Report cards will be sent home also.

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Gala

Growing Hearts and Minds Gala 2017
to benefit the
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School Bursary Fund

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Pinnacle Hotel at The Pier
138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

THANK YOU!

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors, Ruby & Cruise for hosting the event, our auctioneer Jeff Schwarz, all of those who secured donations, made donations, bid of auction items. A special thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make this fantastic evening possible. And to our superb Co-Chairs, Tracey & Eva!

Dr. Christopher Gala Video

For more information, please contact: gala@kgms.ca

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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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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

Records Requests:  sbartnik@kgms.ca

Staff Contact List: KGMS Staff Contacts 2016-17 Rev 4

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