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Admissions

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, especially in these new and unprecedented times we are all living in.
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 Jacquelyn Cantwell (Junior School) or Sarah McQueen (Middle and Senior School). 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 tmannion@mygns.ca if you have any questions. We look forward to meeting you soon!

How to Apply to GNS

List of 5 items.

  • 1. Initial Inquiry

    Prospective families interested in having their child considered for admission at Glenlyon Norfolk School (GNS) are encouraged to complete the Admissions Inquiry Form. Once the inquiry has been received, families may then receive an invitation to our online application form.
  • 2. Tours

    We encourage all prospective families to tour our campuses. Tours are available in-person (scheduled appointments only) or virtually. If you are visiting the campus for a scheduled tour, please ensure you review the Campus Visit Protocols prior to your appointment. Tours are limited to no more than three family members. If you are unable to attend an in-person tour, we would be happy to arrange a virtual meeting with your family and a member of our Admissions Team. In order to schedule an appointment, please complete the Admissions Inquiry Form.
  • 3. Application

    Once the inquiry has been received and any initial questions have been answered during your tour or virtual meeting, families may then receive an invitation to our online application form (space permitting). Applications become available in August one year prior to the year of entry.
    • Applications for our Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes are due by October 1 to prepare for readiness assessments in mid-October. Applications received after this date will be accepted and processed throughout the academic year or until the class is at capacity.
    • Applications for Grade 1 to 12 are accepted and processed throughout the academic year or until the class is at capacity.
  • 4. Assessment

    Once an application and all required documents have been submitted, the applicant will be invited to complete our admissions assessment. Assessments typically begin 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.
  • 5. Decision

    Our efforts are directed toward putting together a balanced class with a range of personalities, learning styles, and abilities.
     
    The Admissions Committee, which is comprised of members of the Leadership and Admissions teams, will review the whole application and send a decision to the family:
    • Offer of Admission: the applicant is offered a place at GNS. To accept, the applicant must acknowledge and submit the required documents by the provided deadline.
    • Wait Pool: the applicant is placed in the wait pool for the grade and is notified if space becomes available. The wait pool is a dynamic group of candidates. Candidates from the wait pool are offered a place based on their overall fit.
    • Not Offered: in cases where the Admissions Committee feels the applicant would not be suited to the school’s program or space is unavailable, we will notify the applicant as soon as possible.

Natalie Gaines, mother of Taagen '24

As a newcomer to GNS, I have been overwhelmed with the outstanding support system for my son.

Glenlyon Norfolk School

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