On behalf of our school and community, I’m pleased to welcome you to Glenlyon Norfolk School. We are delighted you’re exploring our school as a possible destination for your child.
Glenlyon Norfolk School has existed in one form or another since the early 1900s and there is a good reason for that. Our school prides itself on embracing our four pillars of academics, athletics, the arts and service, as we strive to support our students in doing their best through truth and courage. GNS focuses on educating the whole child through a range of academic and co-curricular offerings, all with the support of our excellent teachers and staff.
As you consider GNS as an option for your child, please take some time to explore our website where you’ll find information about our programming, videos sharing the student experience, and photo galleries highlighting daily life on our two beautiful campuses.
Once you submit an inquiry to our admissions office, you’ll meet a member of our Admissions team. I encourage you to ask questions, make an appointment to visit our campus and take the opportunity to connect with our students.
I look forward to meeting you and your child(ren), and am always available to support you and your family. Please feel free to write to me directly at email@example.com if you have any questions. We look forward to meeting you soon!
The GNS Admissions team will be visiting the following regions and cities. To arrange a meeting and learn more about our school, please use the email links to contact our Admissions representative for your region. As we will be adding more travel dates throughout the year, please check back often to see the latest updates.
The first step in applying to GNS is made by completing the online Inquiry Form and submitting a non-refundable application fee of $250. The How to Apply page outlines additional details about our application procedures. Families are strongly encouraged to book a campus tour or attend an Open House—an important step in the admissions process. This tour provides you with an opportunity to observe our internationally recognized programs and experience our community—its energy and culture. GNS offers in-person and virtual Open Houses where families can connect and learn more about our school.
Once an application and all required documents have been submitted, the applicant will be invited to complete our admissions assessment. Assessments typically take place beginning in mid-October and run throughout the school year.
Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten applicants will be required to complete a group or individual readiness assessment conducted by one of our teachers.
Grade 1 to 12 applicants will be required to complete a standardized, multiple-choice admissions test, consisting of reading, writing, and math.
Grade 6 to 12 applicants will also be required to complete an interview with a member of our Admissions Office.
GNS does not keep a hierarchical list of students for grades that are at capacity. Instead, we have a wait pool of candidates that we draw from should a space become available. These wait pools are comprised of mission-appropriate candidates that have successfully completed the admissions process. When a space becomes available, we will select a candidate from the wait pool that best complements the current make-up of students in the grade.
GNS does not offer the traditional ESL program, Instead, we offer English Acquisition (EA), which is a specialized English language course for students whose first language is not English. The GNS English Acquisition program empowers students with language skills and creates academic gain for students across all their subjects. EA is available for students applying to Grades 8 to 10. For students younger than Grade 8, availability for support will be determined upon application. Please check our International Applicants page for more information.
The school has a progressive sibling discount: the eldest child currently enrolled incurs full fees; the second child currently enrolled is entitled to a 5% tuition fee reduction; the third and any other children currently enrolled are entitled to a 10% tuition fee reduction in fees.
After School Care is available throughout the school year from 3:20 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (5:00 p.m. for Junior Kindergarten), Monday to Friday for Junior School students. The cost for After School Care is $23.50 per day. Day camp programs are also available on Pro-D Days and during school breaks. GNS also offers a robust Summer FUN at GNS program during July and August for students aged 3 to 17.
Families wishing to apply for financial assistance must complete the Financial Aid for Canadian Students (FACS) application form available via the Apple Financial Services website. Apple Financial Services is a member of the organization of Financial Aid for Canadian Students (FACS), and uses a consistent, objective and professional analysis of a family’s resources to make recommendations directly to GNS. GNS's Financial Aid Committee reviews these results in accordance with school policy, and issues decisions directly to the applicant. The maximum bursary award is 40% of tuition fees.
Recipients are expected to contribute meaningfully to the school by taking advantage of opportunities in academics, the arts, athletics and citizenship.
Families are required to submit a complete application for financial assistance each year by the specified due date. If a family's financial circumstances have not changed, they will receive a similar percentage of assistance as the previous year.
To the best of their ability, both parents should contribute to the cost of tuition, even in the cases of divorce or separation.
It is expected that both parents will be gainfully employed. If a spouse chooses not to work, this is factored into the income calculations for evaluation.
Certain circumstances, such as caring for a disabled or elderly parent, a child under age 5, or a child with a long-term disability, may exempt a family from this policy. These situations are individually reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
GNS treats requests for assistance with the highest levels of discretion and confidentiality, and expects that families will do the same with the results.
We wish to acknowledge and respect the Lekwungen-Speaking Peoples on whose traditional territory we stand, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and Wsáneć Peoples whose historical relationships with the land, where we live, work, play and learn, continue to this day.