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Family Boarding

The goal of the Family Boarding Homestay Program is to provide a welcoming, safe, supportive, English-speaking, family environment for students from other countries in Grades 8 to 12 by arranging for them to live with GNS families; either current parents or staff.

A Home Away from Home

A great Family Boarding homestay environment is a home away from home for the student. Living far away from your family and friends can be difficult and lonely. Family Boarding host families are expected to care and nurture their student, much like they would their own children, thus contributing to the his/her success improving their English language skills, understanding of other cultures, and the overall experience studying at GNS and living in Canada.

The Experience

Providing an international student with the best possible experience requires tremendous communication, coordination and effort on the part of the student, their parents, their teachers, our support staff, and the Host Family. Family Boarding homestay students are important members of the GNS community who add cultural diversity to the school and enrich the experiences of peers and teachers alike.
Our Family Boarding Coordinator is here to ensure that each student is matched thoughtfully and carefully with their host family. We offer a level of personalized service that makes us stand apart.


Family Boarding Homestay fees at Glenlyon Norfolk School include tuition and accommodation. Additional fees will apply for English Acquisition and uniforms.
BC Resident: Family Boarding $45,515
Canadian Out-of-province: Family Boarding $50,550
International: Family Boarding $57,345


Katie Ramm
Admissions and Boarding Coordinator

Stories from Our Students

Glenlyon Norfolk School

Junior School (JK to Grade 5)

Middle (Grade 6 to 8) and Senior (Grade 9 to 12) Schools

We wish to acknowledge and respect the Straits Salish Peoples on whose traditional territory we gather. Specifically, we recognize the Lekwungen Peoples known today as the Songhees Nation and the Esquimalt Nation, whose historical relationships with the land where we live, work, play and learn continue to this day.