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 18 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.

Save the Date - 4 May 2019

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

Save the date for this fun & exciting fundraising event!

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WorkBC's Find Your Fit - March 6th

The WorkBC Find Your Fit Tour is an interactive student based event taking place at KGMS on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

  • Students & Teachers from 8:15am –3:15pm
  • Students and parents from 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Students can jump right in and try the skills they’ll need for different careers in demand across the province. This hands-on event will help students apply real life experiences to their career planning, and connect with WorkBC’s labour market information, tools and services.

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Constitution & Bylaws and PAC Meeting

All parents are welcome to review and provide input to the PAC’s draft Constitution and Bylaws. The deadline for comments and input is March 16th, 2018.

The Constitution and Bylaws final version will be voted in at a Special General Meeting (SGM) to be held in the library on Wednesday, April 11th at 2:30pm. This will be followed by our normally scheduled PAC General Meeting. All parents are welcome to attend.

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Autism BC workshop - April 17

We are partnering with Autism BC and they are presenting a workshop “Launching into Adulthood: The Importance of Transition Planning” at KGMS.

Tuesday, April 17th from 2:00 to 3:15 pm in the Library

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Purdy's Easter Fundraiser

Our Purdy’s Easter Fundraiser is just in time for Easter! If you’d like to support us by purchasing some very sweet Easter gifts for friends & family, click HERE. Order forms are also being sent home with students so you can complete that if you prefer.

After you’ve signed in, you can invite others to join our Fundraising Campaign.

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Pink Shirt Day - Feb 28th

On Wednesday, February 28th, we encourage everyone to practice kindness and wear pink to school.

Parent/Teacher/Tutor Conferences - March 15th

Parent/Teacher/Tutor conferences will be held on Thursday, March 15th. A new online system to assist in scheduling these meetings is being used.

Please sign up on line for your parent conference using the instructions HERE. If you have any questions or you know that you will be away or unable to attend on the 15th, please contact Shellie in the Office.

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Disability Tax Credit Information

On behalf of Firenze Financial Services Inc., we would like to thank all the parents and grandparents that attended the parent information session about The Disability Tax Credit.  It was so great to see so many parents advocating on behalf of their children.

For those that were unable to attend, we will plan another date in the near future.

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Vote for KGMS during Autism awareness month

Did you know: April is Autism Awareness month and nominations are now open for the British Columbia Excellence in Autism Awards.

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Conquer the Dragon Winter program

Christian Heno’s Conquer the Dragon program for Winter 2018 is now available.

Conquer the Dragon 2018 Winter

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Spring Break/Easter

The school will be closed from Monday, March 19th to Monday, April 2nd for Spring Break and Easter.

First day back after Spring Break - April 3rd

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

Autism BC Workshop

We are partnering with Autism BC and they are presenting a workshop “Launching into Adulthood: The Importance of Transition Planning” at KGMS.

Tuesday, April 17th from 2:00 to 3:15 pm in the Library

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Pro-D Day and Q3 Report Writing

Students will not attend on Friday, April 20th as this is a Pro-D and Q3 Report Writing day.

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

Q3 Reports home

The Q3 reports cards will be sent home today.

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.

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

Available positions 2018


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