At Maplewood Alternative, we educate for life

At Maplewood Alternative, we educate for life

Students at Maplewood are given the opportunity to follow a path that reflects their individual needs and life goals.

To this end, we have three main pathways to student success, and through a combination of direct instruction; online course support; work experience; and one on one tutoring support, students can construct their own routes to their personal life goals such as meaningful work and independence; a specialized trade; or the pursuit of a university or college education.

Come and visit our recently expanded facilities and see how we provide a wide range of academic and life skills options for our students. At Maplewood, there is a place for virtually every learning style and learning preference.

Personalized Instruction

Personalized Instruction

Small group and individualized instruction are provided in all core academic areas. Students are supported to proceed at their own pace and at their own level. Each student is assigned a laptop and has access to a class set of iPads to aid in their personal pursuit of success.

At Maplewood we have a unique plan for each and every student and have the flexibility and highly qualified staff that can put those plans into place.

Multiple Paths to Success

Multiple Paths to Success

Many of our students will graduate with their “Dogwood” diploma, opening doors for College and University.

Some will decide, with the support of our work experience and co-op education opportunities, to pursue a specialized skilled trade.

Others will use the employability and practical life training of our Skills Passport programme to graduate directly into the world of work.

There is no “one size fits all” approach at Maplewood Alternative – the needs of each individual student drives the delivery of the programme.

Practical Life Programme

To provide all students with the skills necessary for everyday life and personal independence such as interpersonal and communications skills; personal financial management; and practical experiences for everyday living.

We have a fully equipped kitchen facility; work working stations; sewing machines and looms for developing the day to day skills needed for independent living.

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.

Terry Fox run

Students & staff will participate in our annual Terry Fox run on Tuesday, September 26th.

Everyone is asked to bring a “Toonie for Terry”. They will be collected until Friday, September 29th.

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KGMS Staff Contacts 2017-18

The current list of staff is ready to download.

KGMS Staff Contacts 2017-18 Ver 2

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New staff for 2017-18

We have many new staff members at KGMS this year as well as many returning staff. Here are two PDF documents which include photos of the staff working with your children.

2017-18 Returning Staff Photos

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KGMS Has Talent Show Videos

Congratulations to all the performers in the 2017 KGMS HAS TALENT show! The students should be very proud of their efforts, and it was great to be a part of the “Music Heals” initiative.

There were 2 cameras rolling for these performances. Here are the links:

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Student Portrait Day

Elementary students are required to wear their full uniform for Student Portrait Day.

Outdoor School

Terry Fox run

Everyone is asked to bring a “Toonie for Terry”. They will be collected until Friday, September 29th.

The class that raises the most money will have a pizza party in their class!

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Outdoor School

Outdoor School

Thanksgiving

The school will be closed on Monday, October 9th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Provincial Pro-D Day

Students will not attend on Friday, October 20th due to a Provincial Pro-D day.

Casual Day

Report Card Writing day

Students will not attend for Report Card Writing day.

Remembrance Day

The school will be closed on Monday, November 13th for the Remembrance Day holiday.

Casual Day

Book Fair

Our annual Book Fair will take place in the Library.

Report Cards sent home

Book Fair

Our annual Book Fair will take place in the Library.

Book Fair

Our annual Book Fair will take place in the Library.

Parent / Teacher / Tutor Conference Day

Students will not attend on Parent/Teacher/Tutor Conference day.

Christmas Sing-a-long

Spring Break - March 17th to April 2nd

The school will be closed from Saturday, March 17th to Monday, April 2nd.

First day back after Spring Break - April 3rd

The first day back after Spring Break is Monday, April 3rd.

Pro-D Day and Q3 Report Writing - April 20th

Students will not attend on Friday, April 20th as this is a Professional Development and Q3 Report Writing Day.

Casual Day - April 27th

Pro-D Day - May 18th

Students will not attend on Friday, May 18th as this is a Professional Development Day.

Victoria Day - May 21st

The school will be closed on Monday, May 21st for the Victoria Day holiday.

Casual Day - May 25th

Report Writing Day - June 1st

Students will not attend on Friday, June 1st as this is a Report Writing Day.

Sports Day - June 7th

Sports day is on Thursday, June 7th. A hog dog lunch will be provided to students.

Casual Day - June 8th

The last casual day of the year is Friday, June 8th.

KGMS Has Talent Show

Our annual KGMS Has Talent Show will be on Thursday, June 14th. 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 for students

The last day for students is Friday, June 15th and this will be a 1/2 day. Report cards will be sent home.

Gala 2017

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

Saturday, February 27, 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

2017 Gala Video

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

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.

Visit or Contact us

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

Admissions: admissions@kgms.ca

Records Requests:  sbartnik@kgms.ca

Staff Contact ListKGMS Staff Contacts 2017-18 Ver 2

Outside School Hours Tutoring:  KGMS Tutor List 2017-18

For all other inquiries, please complete the form below.

 

Careers

Maplewood Alternative High School are seeking applicants for the following:

Please email resume and cover letter to:

Kirsten White, Deputy Head of School – jobs@kgms.ca

Senior High School Math Teacher

Tutor Job Posting

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