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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 4 items.

  • 1. Initial Inquiry

    Please contact the Admissions Office at prior to submitting your application should you have any questions about the application process or the school.
    To apply for 2024/2025, please follow the steps outlined below. If you wish to apply for a future year, please complete this Inquiry Form.
  • 2. Application

    To begin the application process 2024/2025, you will need to create an account in our myGNS Admissions Portal. Once you have created your account, you will be provided with further instructions for accessing the application form and checklist.
    • Applications for our Early Childhood programs (First Steps and Junior Kindergarten) are due by October 15. Applications received after this date will be added to our waitpool.
    • Applications for Grade 1 to 12 are accepted and processed throughout the academic year—there is no application deadline. Please note that our main intake years are our Early Childhood programs, Grade 6 and Grade 9. For the grades in between, limited spaces may be available. Please contact our Admissions Office for further information.
  • 3. Assessment

    Once an application and all required documents have been submitted, the applicant may be invited to complete an admissions assessment.
    • First Steps, Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten applicants are required to complete a group or individual readiness assessment conducted by one of our teachers.
    • Grade 1 to 12 applicants are required to complete a standardized, multiple-choice admissions test, consisting of reading, writing and math.
    • Grade 6 to 12 applicants are also required to complete an interview with a member of our Admissions Office.
  • 4. Decision

    Our efforts are directed toward putting together a balanced class with a range of personalities, learning styles, and abilities.
    Our Admissions Committee, which is comprised of members of the Academic 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.


GNS Admissions Office


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

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 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.