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How to Apply

Welcome to GNS! We are excited that you are exploring our school as an option for your family. The steps below outline our admissions process.

How to Apply

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 (optional)

    We encourage all prospective families to tour our campuses. Tours are available in-person (scheduled appointments only) or virtually. 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.


Trevor Mannion
Chief Advancement & Enrolment Officer


Want to see GNS for yourself? Arrange a tour of either the Beach Drive (Junior School) campus, or the Pemberton Woods campus (Middle and Senior School). In order to schedule an appointment, please complete the Admissions Inquiry Form.

Working with Agents

Please note that GNS does work with a select group of qualified international student recruitment countries to support the application process for families applying to GNS from abroad. If you are approached by a recruitment agency and wish to verify the status of their relationship with GNS, please reach out to our admissions team at GNS also has a part-time Chinese parent Liaison Officer who can assist with translation. If you would like to be connected with our Liaison Officer, please let us know.

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 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.