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Creating Pathways for Success

An alternative high school programme for students with learning differences and specific learning challenges that combines academics, social interaction, work experience, personal advocacy and life skills.

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Our Students

Our Students

Maplewood Alternative High School is recognized as a leader in teaching adolescents 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.

Every student at Maplewood is on an individual education plan (IEP). This ensures that courses and strategies are custom fit to the needs and aptitudes of the learner and provide opportunities for each young adult to succeed at her or his own individual pace. Our highly trained and dedicated teaching and tutoring staff help students explore their own unique pathways for learning.

To find out if your daughter or son would be a good fit for Maplewood learn more here.

Inside the Classroom

Inside the Classroom

Maplewood develops the whole person. This endeavour is complex, requiring many people, programs and services to address each student’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. In addition, students are provided with one on one support when needed to support their success.

Each student has  a personalized programme which is designed to meet her or his individual needs and academic  and personal goals. 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.

Working in bright and an spacious classrooms, labs, Arts studios, and specialized learning spaces, Maplewood provides an inviting environment for students to learn and grow.

Learning Environment

Learning Environment

The B.C. Ministry of Education prescribed curriculum is addressed in all instructional areas throughout the high school programme. Materials are adapted and accommodations are made to meet each student’s individual needs. Every student can receive regular, individualized one-on-one tutoring whenever needed and many students have the same tutor for their entire time at Maplewood. This relationship nurtures individual growth, building a foundation for educational success.

Our language and mathematics 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.

Academic tutors with specialties in English, Humanities, Mathematics and Science are dedicated to support students in subject specific areas of need.

Social-Emotional Learning

Social-Emotional Learning

A key part of our programme is to help students to develop into self-confident and positive adults. Our professional counseling staff members work in small groups and with individual students to foster the values and personal attributes to carry them forward in life.

In addition to their personal development, students are introduced to a wide range of employability skills including: readiness for work; resume writing; interview skills; expectations of the workplace; etc.

Academic Options at Maplewood Alternative

Academic Options at Maplewood Alternative

At Maplewood, we offer a diverse academic programme that allows students to pursue an appropriate path differentiated to their needs and goals. The core academic programme meets the prescribed learning outcomes required by the BC Ministry of Education. Core courses are offered at Maplewood include: English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and the Sciences.  Students have the option of attaining their Dogwood or Evergreen diplomas in preparation for university/college or preparing themselves for the world of work through our Skills Passport and work placement programmes.

The programme is based on a combination of academic options; individualized and small group instruction; job shadowing and cooperative education placements; and specialized skills-based electives such as music, computer programming; culinary arts; woodworking; and, photography/movie making etc.

We believe that learning takes place both inside and outside of the classroom and students at Maplewood Alternative use the rich resources of the larger community to develop their skills and expand their personal horizons.

For more detail on our high school curriculum, click here .


Our Story

Maplewood Alternative High School is an extension of Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School for students of high school age and has been built on our experience of over forty years of working with students with learning differences.

Maplewood Alternative is dedicated to providing a personalized learning environment for students with learning needs and preferences that are not typically addressed in a traditional school setting.


At Maplewood, we believe:

That all students should have the opportunity to maximize their individual potential;

That education is a journey and that students should have the power to follow their own individual paths to success; and,

That school should strive to adapt to the needs of students, not students to the needs and structures of school.


Who Should Apply?

Maplewood Alternative High 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.

Maplewood 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.

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.

Summer Anxiety Group Flyer

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Welcome 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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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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Host Families needed

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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Thank you!

A HUGE thank you to all of the parents who contributed in any way to the amazing Staff Appreciation Lunch! The food was fantastic, the setting lovely and the quotes were heartwarming.

A special thank you to Theresa Erb who organized the entire event. All of your efforts were greatly appreciated by all staff.

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Please check back soon.


Support Us

Maplewood Alternative High School 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.


Want to find out more?

Prospective students and their parents are welcome to visit anytime.

Please contact Head of School, Dr James Christopher at jchristopher@kgms.ca to arrange for a personal tour and introduction to our programme.

Dr James Christopher - Head of School

Dr James Christopher – Head of School

Maplewood Alternative High School
420 Seymour River Place
North Vancouver V7J 1S8

Tel: 604 985-5224 / Fax: 604 985 4562

Email: Dr. James Christopher, Head of School

Records Requests:  sbartnik@kgms.ca

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