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.
what is orton-gillingham?
whole child development
Academic excellence is what our staff strive for all our students. Our students grow intellectually through our comprehensive programming in humanities and sciences. In language arts our students, through guided reading and writing strategies, learn to connect with the world through texts, to analyze, evaluate, synthesize ideas and draw conclusions. In mathematics and science, our students learn through problem solving to understand concepts and to become critical and divergent thinkers. Creativity grows as our staff guide students to investigate and explore the world around us.
At Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School we know that learning is not just about academics. In addition to the balanced approach we take through the arts, physical activity and community service, we place a major emphasis on Social-Emotional Learning.
Our students explore relationships with their peers, raise their self-confidence and improve their interpersonal skills. In addition, our professional counsellors help them to reflect on such issues as bullying, body image, and healthy living.
With this multi-sensory method, students engage themselves as visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners. The learning sequence is systematic and takes the student step by step from basic concepts that progress to more complex language developments. Through recognizing phonemes and their sounds, students learn to transfer this knowledge to reading and writing activities.
Students internalize their learning and gain confidence in themselves as being capable learners. Students learn at their own pace and benefit from the frequent review and practice that is required. They build the confidence that will enable them to attempt a challenge and reach for higher heights as a learner.
Upon your first visit to KGMS, you will be greeted by the student art work which lines our hallways. We operate a residency program in partnership with local artists and also with Emily Carr University(ECU). Professional artists work with our students in different media such as painting, drawing and sculpture, often with a particular theme or artist as inspiration. Senior students from ECU come and work with our students to co-create specific projects; our students contribute by giving their unique perspectives on the topics.
The children hone their skills as they work towards a classroom exhibition, which parents are invited to enjoy.
Physical activity also plays a major role in whole-child development. In addition to regularly-scheduled PE classes, student teams play in sports tournaments throughout the year, including our annual student-teacher hockey game which draws a cheering crowd of friends and family.
We have a 3 day outdoor school where the children are able to experience community building.