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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 15 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.

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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 .

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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.

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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.

Panoramic and class photos - May 25

The school wide panoramic photo has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 25th. Elementary students are required to wear their full uniform.

 

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Staff Appreciation Lunch - June 2

The annual Staff Appreciation Lunch is fast approaching and your help is needed!

Go to www.perfectpotluck.com (Login: KGMS, Password: 4321) to sign up for:

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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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Sports Day - June 8th

A team of teachers are organizing a fun Sports Day for Thursday, June 8th.

More details will follow but here’s a quick look at the day:

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KGMS Has Talent Show - June 15

The theme for the 2017 KGMS HAS TALENT show on Thursday, June 15th 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.

A cash donation box will also be at the entrance of the gym the day of the show. Check out the link below!

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Tutor List 2017-18

Here is a list of KGMS tutors who also tutor outside of school.

KGMS Tutor List 2017-18

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Parent Volunteer Log

Fillable Parent Volunteer Log:  KGMS Parent Volunteer Log 2016-17 Fillable

Printable Parent Volunteer Log:  KGMS Parent Volunteer Log 2016-17

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Freezie Fridays!

A “Library Renovation Project” is just beginning. Our goal is to create a library space that is inspiring and welcoming.  Funds raised will help pay for new seating, tables, bookshelves and a new coat of paint. We hope the new space will reconnect our students and staff with the love of reading and learning in a space they enjoy.

The first Library Renovation Project fundraiser will be “Freezie Friday’s”!! Freezies will be sold after school for $1.00 each. Organic apples will also be available for $1.00 each.

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Report Writing Day - June 2nd

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

Staff Appreciation Lunch

Our annual Staff Appreciation Lunch is only 1 month away! For those who are new to the school, this lunch is held on the Report Writing Day in June (students are not in attendance), and is our chance as a school to let ALL our wonderful staffknow just how much they are appreciated.  This year the date is Friday, June 2nd, which is coming up in less than 5 weeks! We will be using the Perfect Potluck website again for signing up to help (see information below). How you can help:
  • before the lunch
  • on the day of the lunch (setup, cleanup, serving)
  • providing a food item (can be dropped off the day before)
  • writing a comment on the guestbook at: http://www.e-guestbooks.com/sign/KGMS
There was so much wonderful food last year. This actually means a tremendous amount to all our staff! Another thing that means a tremendous amount to our staff, are the comments we receive from parents, students and other caregivers who have been positively affected by how our staff help our kids all year.  If you want to express how the staff have helped you/your child/your family, please submit your comments on our Guestbook website (http://www.e-guestbooks.com/sign/KGMS ).  These comments will be displayed at the staff lunch as part of the decor that shows our appreciation. You can also access a link to the guestbook from the Perfect Potluck sign up page. Thank you in advance for helping with this important event! Theresa MPC Staff Appreciation Lunch Coordinator 

A group meal has been created using PerfectPotluck.com, and you’ve been invited to participate!

This group meal is for: KGMS Staff Appreciation Luncheon To occur on Fri, June 2 at 12:00 – 1:30 pm

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Sports Day 2017

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

Freezie Friday!

The first Library Renovation Project fundraiser will be “Freezie Friday’s”!! Freezies will be sold after school for $1.00 each. Organic apples will also be available.

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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Freezie Friday!

The first Library Renovation Project fundraiser will be “Freezie Friday’s”!! Freezies will be sold after school for $1.00 each. Organic apples will also be available for $1.00 each.

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!

Dr. Christopher Gala Video

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

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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