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.

Spring Raffle

The PAC is holding a Spring Raffle with a goal to raise $6,000, to pay for the new climbing wall in the gym. Any additional funds will go towards PAC initiatives which directly support our students.

On Thursday, May 17th each child will be bringing home one book of 10 numbered tickets. We are asking each child & family to sell at least one book of tickets. Tickets are $5 each.

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Pie the teacher!!

If you know of former KGMS students graduating this year, please pass the invitation on to them.

The High School is offering students the opportunity to pie a teacher!

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Grade 12 Grad Reunion

Congratulations to our Grade 12 students on their upcoming graduation! We are hosting a Graduation reunion for all current and former KGMS students who are graduating this year.

Pizza, beverages & dessert will be served on Wednesday, May 16th from 4:00-7:00pm in the Library. Please RSVP to: Kirsten White

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Gift Card Fundraiser

Our last Gift Card Fundraiser of the year is on. Orders are due by Thursday, May 17th and delivery will be within 2 weeks after that.

Order forms and letters were already sent home with students.

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Freezies Friday volunteer needed

The PAC is looking for a parent to volunteer for 30 minutes from 3:10 – 3:40 pm on Freezies Fridays (May 11th, June 8th and 14th.

Siblings of People with ASD and related disorders

One of our counsellors shared the following seminar information with us.

Siblings Of People With Autism poster 2018-02-03 (with camp added)

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Anxiety BC Presentation - May 23rd

Our final PAC Parent Education seminar will be on Wednesday, May 23rd from 8:30 to 9:30 am in the KGMS Library. Presented by Dr. Sandra Clark, co-author Taming the Worry Dragons.

This session will include:

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Staff Appreciation Lunch

May 1st is already upon us, so  that  means it is time to start planning for our annual Staff Appreciation Lunch.  Our theme this year is “ KGMS staff are Super Heroes”!

For those who are new to the school, this lunch is held on the Report Writing Day  (students are not in attendance), and is our chance as a school to let ALL our wonderful staff know just how much they are appreciated.  This year the date is Friday, June 1st, which is coming up in less than 4 weeks!

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Freezies Fridays are back!

Freezie Fridays are back by popular demand but renew and improved! We will be offering organic and all natural options that will be sold on Friday, May 11th, June 8th and Thursday, June 14th.

  • Jumbo freezies – $1.00 each
  • Organice Tubify freezies – $2.00 each
  • All natural Maxfrut popsicles – $2.00 each

They will be sold outside the front door of the school from 3:15 to 3:45 pm.

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Food & Anxiety Seminar - May 10th

The PAC presents a seminar about Food & Anxiety: Information, Tips and Tricks for the Fussiest Eaters. This practical session will include information relevant to all ages. Learn about foods that  can support the body’s ability to cope with stress and how to get these essential nutrients.

Date:  Thursday, May 10th

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Report Writing Day - June 1st

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

Staff Appreciation Lunch

The PAC is hosting our annual Staff Appreciation Lunch on Friday, June 1st.

For those who are new to the school, this lunch is held on the Report Writing Day  (students are not in attendance), and is our chance as a school to let ALL our wonderful staff know just how much they are appreciated.  This year the date is Friday, June 1st, which is coming up in less than 4 weeks!

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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.

Save the Date!

Our next Gala has been booked for Saturday, May 4th, 2019.

Save the date for this fun event!

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


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

KGMS Giving Campaign

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.

Your donation will also help maintain stable tuition fees, generate increased enrolment, maintain excellent staff ratios and service levels, as well as provide enrichment opportunities and bursary support.

Please contact us 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 2017-18 Ver 3

Outside School Hours Tutoring:  KGMS Tutor List 2017-18

ADMISSIONS: admissions@kgms.ca

For all other inquiries, please complete the form below.



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

Positions available for September 2018:

Primary Division Co-Teacher

Elementary Co-Teacher Tutor


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