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KGMS

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.

https://vimeo.com/87748502

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.

Sports Day - June 7th (date change)

Our annual Sports Day has been moved to Wednesday, June 7th (date changed) due to a rain forecast for Thursday.

Students can wear comfortable casual clothing suitable for being outside all day.

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KGMS Has Talent Show - June 15th

Our Annual KGMS Has Talent Show will start at 1:25 pm sharp with doors opening at 1:00 pm, on Thursday, June 15th. Family & friends welcome but seating is limited.

The theme this year is “Music Heals”.  It is a school wide initiative to assist music therapy programs across Canada.  Donations of used iPods or other MP3 players are needed and can be dropped off in the music portable before June 15th.

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Summer "Brain" Camps

Sharon Selby, a Registered Clinical Counsellor who has worked with KGMS students in the past is presenting Summer “Brain Camp” to teach Anxiety Management.

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Host Families Needed

A local language school that brings Japanese teenagers to KGMS to learn English in the summer is looking for host families.

MLI Hongo Poster

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Youth Leadership Camp

Dancing With Life will be hosting a Youth Leadership Camp at KGMS during the week of June 19th to 22nd.

https://www.dancingwlife.com/youth-leader-camp

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Gift Card Order deadline June 1st!

The deadline for Gift Card orders is end of school day on Thursday, June 1st.

This is the LAST gift card order for the school year so order those cards for teachers, tutors, admin staff, birthday gifts or for your daily needs. Drop your orders and payment in the Office.

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Staff Appreciation Lunch - June 2

Thank you to everyone who has offered to help or bring food for the Staff Appreciation Lunch this Friday. Here are a few helpful reminders:

  • food can be dropped in the Office on Thursday
  • label your dish if you want it back
  • make sure the Office staff know if it needs to go in the fridge
  • if it needs to be heated up, please tape instructions to the dish
  • for those wanting to drop off their dishes hot on Friday, the staff are eating at 12:00 so please bring your dish to the school 10-15 minutes before that

If you have any questions/concerns/changes, please email the lunch organizer, Theresa directly.

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Spring Book Fair - May 29th to June 1st

Our first Spring Book Fair runs from Monday, May 29th to Thursday, June 1st.

See slide show below for information about the book fair and two contests that students can participate in. Contest entries are due by Monday, May 29th.

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Please check back soon.

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

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

Records Requests:  sbartnik@kgms.ca

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

Tutors Outside School Hours: KGMS Tutor List 2017-18

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Careers

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School is seeking applicants for the following:

Please email resume and cover letter to:

Dr. Jim Christopher, Head of Schooljobs@kgms.ca

Director of Student Support Services

Intermediate and-or Middle Division Co-Teacher

LTO Middle-Senior High School Math Teacher

Middle-Senior High School Math Teacher

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