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.

Sports Day - June 7th (date change)

Our annual Sports Day has been moved to Wednesday, June 7th (date changed) due to a rain forecast for Thursday.

Students can wear comfortable casual clothing suitable for being outside all day.

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Summer "Brain" Camps

Sharon Selby, a Registered Clinical Counsellor who has worked with KGMS students in the past is presenting Summer “Brain Camp” to teach Anxiety Management.

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Host Families Needed

A local language school that brings Japanese teenagers to KGMS to learn English in the summer is looking for host families.

MLI Hongo Poster

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Youth Leadership Camp

Dancing With Life will be hosting a Youth Leadership Camp at KGMS during the week of June 19th to 22nd.

https://www.dancingwlife.com/youth-leader-camp

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Gift Card Order deadline June 1st!

The deadline for Gift Card orders is end of school day on Thursday, June 1st.

This is the LAST gift card order for the school year so order those cards for teachers, tutors, admin staff, birthday gifts or for your daily needs. Drop your orders and payment in the Office.

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Staff Appreciation Lunch - June 2

Thank you to everyone who has offered to help or bring food for the Staff Appreciation Lunch this Friday. Here are a few helpful reminders:

  • food can be dropped in the Office on Thursday
  • label your dish if you want it back
  • make sure the Office staff know if it needs to go in the fridge
  • if it needs to be heated up, please tape instructions to the dish
  • for those wanting to drop off their dishes hot on Friday, the staff are eating at 12:00 so please bring your dish to the school 10-15 minutes before that

If you have any questions/concerns/changes, please email the lunch organizer, Theresa directly.

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KGMS Has Talent Show - June 15

Our Annual KGMS Has Talent Show will start at 1:25 pm sharp with doors opening at 1:00 pm, on Thursday, June 15th. Family & friends welcome but seating is limited.

The theme this year is “Music Heals”.  It is a school wide initiative to assist music therapy programs across Canada.  Donations of used iPods or other MP3 players are needed and can be dropped off in the music portable before June 15th.

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Spring Book Fair - May 29th to June 1st

Our first Spring Book Fair runs from Monday, May 29th to Thursday, June 1st.

See slide show below for information about the book fair and two contests that students can participate in. Contest entries are due by Monday, May 29th.

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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!

Dr. Christopher 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

Records Requests:  sbartnik@kgms.ca

Staff Contact ListKGMS Staff Contacts 2016-17 Rev 4

Tutors Outside School Hours:  KGMS Tutor List 2017-18

 

Careers

Maplewood Alternative High School are seeking applicants for the following:

Please email resume and cover letter to:

Dr. Jim Christopher, Head of School – jobs@kgms.ca

Director of Student Support Services

Intermediate and-or Middle Division Co-Teacher

LTO Middle-Senior High School Math Teacher

Middle-Senior High School Math Teacher

 

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