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.
Submit a current psycho-educational assessment which indicates 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 impediments to the student’s learning process are learning differences. Any behavioral, physical or emotional needs must be of secondary concern;
Have average to superior intelligence;
Meet the Ministry of Education guidelines for designation of a learning disability.
How Do I Enrol ?
At KGMS, every day is an Open House. We encourage interested parents to visit the school for a tour with the Head of School. This is the best opportunity to experience our program and see what a day in the life of a KGMS student is like. Typically, the enrolment process follows this pattern:
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Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
Yes, once a student has been accepted, families may apply for the KGMS bursary fund for tuition assistance.
Elementary classrooms are 18 students to a class with 2 classroom teachers. Student numbers in high school classes are subject dependent.
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.
Yes, KGMS follows the BC curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 12 with the exception of school language instruction; students receive three report cards a year covering all subjects.
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.
Class begins at 8:15am
Yes, all elementary students wear a KGMS uniform which consists of navy blue pants, skirts or jumpers and white or navy polo shirts, short or long sleeved blouses. On the last Friday of every month students are allowed to wear their own clothes.