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.

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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.

Homestay hosts needed

A local language school is bringing Japanese students to learn English at KGMS over the Spring Break.

If you are interested in being a host family for a student, see details below.

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Gift card fundraiser

Gift card order forms will be sent home on Friday, February 24th.

The deadline for orders is Friday, March 2nd which will allow delivery of the cards before Spring Break.

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Guess the beans!

Test your guessing skills in the high school jar guessing fundraiser to support their science field trip.

Guessing will happen at recess and lunch from Monday, February 27th to Friday, March 3rd.

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Hotdog Fundraiser

The high school students will be holding a hotdog sale fundraiser on Wednesday, March 1st to support their field trip to Bamfield Marine Science Centre in May.

Hotdogs will be $1 each and sold at lunchtime.

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Gala silent auction ends at noon on Friday

The silent auction ends at noon on Friday, February 24th. Check out all of the fantastic times to bid on at https://kgmsauction.com.

Please share this with everyone in your network!

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Gala Volunteer Sign-Up

This year’s Growing Hearts and Minds Gala is quickly approaching. It takes many volunteers to create a successful event. We need volunteers to help out the day of the Gala on February 25th and the next day.

Don’t forget that all volunteer hours with the Gala count towards your KGMS volunteer hours.

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Pink Shirt Day

Students may wear pink shirts and/or accessories on Wednesday, February 22nd for Pink Shirt Day.

Student Leadership will be accepting donations of $2 for anti-bullying and a student representative will come to classrooms during the day.

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First day after Spring Break - March 27th

The first day back after Spring Break is Monday, March 27th.

Progress Reports home - March 29th

Progress Reports will be sent home on Wednesday, March 29th.

Parent Conferences - March 31st

Parent/Teacher/Tutor Conferences take place on Friday, March 31st.

There will be no school for students. Students may accompany their parents if they are being observed in tutoring.

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Pro-D Day - April 13th

Students will not attend on Thursday, April 13th as this is a Pro-D day.

Good Friday 2017

The school will be closed on Friday, April 14th for the Good Friday holiday.

Easter Monday - April 17th

The school will be closed on Monday, April 17th for the Easter Monday holiday.

Pro-D Day - May 19th

Students will not attend on Friday, May 19th as this is a Pro-D Day.

Victoria Day 2017

The school will be closed on Monday, May 22nd for the Victoria Day holiday.

Report Writing Day - June 2nd

Students will not attend on Friday, June 2nd as this is Report Card Writing Day.

Sports Day 2017

Students will participate in our annual Sports Day activities on Thursday, June 8th which includes a hot dog lunch.

KGMS has talent show 2017

Our annual KGMS Has Talent Show will be on Thursday, June 15th. 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 / Report Cards home 2017

Our last 1/2 day for classroom cleanup and class parties is on Friday, June 17th. Report cards will be sent home also.

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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!

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

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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.

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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

Records Requests:  sbartnik@kgms.ca

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