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Tuition & Financial Support

Realize your potential. Change the world. These six words form the core of the Glenlyon Norfolk School experience. 
GNS challenges young minds with a first-class academic experience complemented by extensive exposure to artistic, athletic and service opportunities.

Every GNS student is an IB student, and each graduate departs the school equipped with the skills required to find great success in their post-secondary studies, their careers and their lives. The GNS difference is our people. The relationships forged between students and teachers who know them and care about them as individuals set us apart and make our great school truly exceptional.

Fees & Financial Policies 2023/2024

Fee Status Grade Level Tuition Amount Payment Plan
BC Resident: Day Student
First Steps (half day) $10,255 10 payments
Junior Kindergarten $22,870 10 payments
Junior School $25,075 10 payments
Middle School $26,650 10 payments
Senior School $27,975 10 payments
Canadian Out-of-province: Day Student
Junior School $30,110 2 payments
Middle School $31,685 2 payments
Senior School $33,010 2 payments
International: Day Student
Junior School $38,445  
Middle School $40,020  
Senior School $41,345  
BC Resident: Family Boarding Grade 8 to 12 $45,515 10 payments
Canadian Out-of-province: Family Boarding Grade 8 to 12 $50,550 2 payments
International: Family Boarding Grade 8 to 12 $57,345  
BC Resident: Gryphon House Senior School $60,695 10 payments
Canadian Out-of-province: Gryphon House Senior School $63,695 2 payments
International: Gryphon House Senior School $77,535  
  • Additional fees are charged on a grade by grade basis for items such as technology supplies, curriculum-based field trips, grade camps, etc.
  • Invoices are sent to families by the end of April, or are sent as part of the Admissions offer letter.
  • Payment plans will be subject to an additional financing charge, as outlined in the tuition invoices sent to families prior to the start of the school year.
  • Tuition and other fees are approved by the Board of Governors on an annual basis. Updated fee information is published each February. Families can expect an increase of approximately 4 to 8% in fees annually, as approved by the Board of Governors.

Additional Information

List of 6 items.

  • BC Government Grant Eligibility

    The BC Provincial Government provides an annual grant to Glenlyon Norfolk School for each qualifying student to assist with the cost of his/her education.
    For funding purposes, a 'qualifying student' is a school age person who attends the school for at least 600 hours AND 135 school days in the school year between July 1 and May 15 and whose parent or guardian is a permanent resident of BC and is 1) a Canadian citizen, or 2) holds landed immigrant status, or 3) is otherwise lawfully admitted to Canada.
    These criteria are also used to establish eligibility for GNS Canadian Resident Fees.
    In order for families to prove BC residency status, we require the following to be submitted at the time of enrolment:
    Primary Documentation (at least ONE of the following):Secondary documentation (at least TWO of the following):
    Proof of BC Medical Services Plan (BC MSP) coverage for parent/guardian
    Other Provincial government-issued ID (BC Driver's license)
    Document indicating British Columbia residence (i.e., utility bill)
    Proof of ownership of a dwelling or a long-term lease or rental of a dwelling in British Columbia;
    Provincial Driver's License (only if not used above)
    A current income tax return filed as a BC resident
    Provincial registration of an automobile
  • Determining Fee Status

    Fee StatusQualifying Criteria
    BC ResidentThe parent is a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or holds a valid work or study permit AND the parents meet criteria set forth in the BC Government Grant Eligibility section.
    Canadian Out of ProvinceThe student is a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident BUT the parents do NOT meet the criteria set forth in the BC Government Grant Eligibility section.
    InternationalThe student holds citizenship from a country outside of Canada AND the parents do NOT meet the criteria set forth in the BC Government Grant Eligibility section.
  • Additional Discounts and Charges (all students)

    Sibling Discount: 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.
    Application Fee: Due at the time of application: $250 non-refundable Application Fee
    Registration Fees & Deposits: The registration fee is a one-time, non-refundable fee billed to each new student, paid at the time of accepting the admissions offer.
    Fee StatusApplication FeeRegistration Fee + Contingency Deposit
    Domestic Junior School$250$3,000
    International Junior School$250$6,000 (includes $3,000 registration fee)
    Domestic Middle & Senior School$250$2,500
    International Middle & Senior School$250$5,500 (includes $2,500 registration fee)
    Contingency Deposit: A $3,000 contingency fee deposit is required at the time of registration, which is used to cover costs of medical insurance, school uniform items, co-curricular activities, optional trips, and any unforeseen expenses. Additional funds may be required throughout the year, depending on your child’s level of participation in co-curricular activities. Any amount of the deposit not used will be refunded at the end of the school year or retained for the following school year. Upon completion of their time at GNS, the remaining balance of the Contingency Fund will be refunded to the Home Parents within a month of the student’s account being settled with GNS and all extra fees accounted for.
    Returning Student Deposit Amounts: Current students returning for the subsequent school year are required to pay a re-enrolment deposit in February to secure their space for the upcoming school year. The deposit amount for 2023/2024 is $2,000 for domestic day students and $10,000 for international and all boarding students and is due by February 17, 2023.
    Grade 12 IB Diploma Exam Registration Fees: The costs associated with writing Diploma exams varies depending on the number of subjects taken. These costs are charged directly from the IB Organization and are in addition to tuition fees. Exam fees for 6 subjects are approximately $1,200 and are billed directly to families in November each year.
    IB Diploma exam registration fees may be eligible for an income tax deduction for higher-level courses as they are considered to be at a Post-Secondary School level. GNS will provide income tax receipts accordingly at the start of each calendar year.
    English Language Acquisition (ELA): For most students joining GNS whose first language is not English, we will provide further instruction in English as their second language alongside our full GNS curriculum. This will be done in dedicated teaching areas, taught by fully qualified specialists in this field. Class sizes are smaller than standard classes, which will meet at least six times every timetabled ‘cycle’ in the same way as a French, Mandarin or Spanish class. Teachers will lead their students through a full English Acquisition curriculum, and students will be assessed frequently and their progress reported on formally in report cards, as is the case in all other subject areas. The cost for the ELA program is $4,500 each year. Private tutoring is also available for an additional charge.
    HeadStart Program: The HeadStart Program introduces life at Glenlyon Norfolk School to new international students. It offers a comprehensive understanding of the school’s culture, the International Baccalaureate program and what to expect as the newest members of our unique and vibrant community.
    For five days, students are fully immersed in the GNS community, surrounded by current teachers, parents and students who will warmly welcome them to our Pemberton Woods Campus. By beginning their immersion into Canadian life before the school year begins, students are better equipped to handle the transition to succeed at GNS, both academically and socially, when their peers join them for classes.
    The fee for the GNS HeadStart Program is $1,500 CDN, which includes all instruction, activities, transportation and accommodation. HeadStart is mandatory for all international students who are new to Canada.
    Family Boarding: Students who require specific dietary accommodations from their host family, such as gluten-free/celiac, vegan, etc., will be billed an additional fee of $150 per month to account for increased costs to the host family.
    Financial Penalties and Processing Fees:
    In order to maintain a positive partnership with families, it is expected that posted deadlines for tuition and other payments will be followed. Families who find themselves in a position where they are unable to make a payment must contact the Finance Department as soon as possible to determine other possible arrangements. Payment plans are available for Canadian families and incur a 4% finance charge on the amount financed. Families that fall behind on payments without communication with and approval from our Finance Department will incur a $200 late payment penalty. Payments that are delinquent by more than 60 days may result in a student’s immediate withdrawal from GNS and will also prevent re-enrolment for the following school year.
    Other Expenses:
    1. Uniforms: Required school uniform items must be purchased on campus at the school store. Uniform expenses are approximately $400 to $800.
    2. Senior School Laptop: Students in Grade 9 to 12 are expected to bring their own laptop to school each day. It is strongly recommended that families participate in the GNS laptop subscription program, which includes all required software and support at competitive rates.
    3. Middle School Chromebooks: Students in Grade 6 to 8 are expected to have a Chromebook with them each day at school. The Chromebook may be purchased by the family, or alternatively, families may register for the Middle School Chromebook program which includes all required software and support at competitive rates.
    4. After School Care: After School Care is available throughout the school year from 3:20 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday for students in Kindergarten and older at the Junior School. The cost for After School Care is $23.50 per day.
  • Tuition Refund Plan

    Your financial obligation to the school is for the full annual tuition and any associated boarding fees as stated in the Enrolment Contract. In the event of withdrawal from the school (voluntary or requested), only a portion of the unused tuition and boarding fees will be refunded as follows:
    Date of withdrawal from GNS:Percentage of refund given:
    June 1 to August 3150% of tuition net of any financial assistance
    September 1 to October 125% of tuition net of any financial assistance
    October 1 onwardNo refund provided
    The school, at its discretion, may consider an increased refund (not to exceed 50% of annual unused tuition net of financial assistance) for students who have withdrawn for medical reasons. Should a student be dismissed from GNS, refunds will be provided in accordance with this policy.
    Please note that amounts owing in excess of the tuition refund will be due and payable within 30 days of the date of withdrawal.
  • Payment Options and Methods

    Fees are due for the year on May 26, 2023. Fees paid in full by May 26 will avoid a finance charge. GNS can accept the following payment methods:
    • Pre-authorized debit (Canadian financial institution)
    • E-transfer – using email
    • Canadian or US cash – limit of $500
    • Cheque or money order
    • Online banking at any major Canadian financial institution – student number is account number
    • Direct wire transfer
    • Credit card (plus a 3% administration fee)
  • Volunteerism and Philanthropy

    Fundraising is an important and ongoing component of GNS. Funds to support developing programs and capital expansion come from donations and from fundraising events. It is understood that Parents/Guardians of children enrolled in GNS become members of the GNS family 'community,' which is committed to the support of and participation in fundraising activities, without which we could not achieve the high standards we have set for the school.
    GNS also thrives with volunteer assistance from Parents/Guardians and friends. For parents who are new to the school, a member of our Advancement Team will be in touch with you to explain the different ways families are involved in philanthropy at GNS.

Affording GNS

When you join Glenlyon Norfolk School, you are investing in your child’s future, allowing them to realize their potential and create positive differences in the world. In order to ensure our school remains accessible to all students, GNS has created a number of scholarships and financial assistance opportunities. Every year the school awards more than $1,000,000 in support to almost 20% of GNS families that have qualified through a third-party provider (Apple Financial Services).

List of 2 items.

  • Financial Assistance Options

    Needs-based financial assistance is available for eligible students and is awarded based on each family’s unique circumstances. Awards may cover up to 40% of a student’s tuition. Please note that at this time bursaries are only available to day students who hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residency status.

    The application for financial assistance is separate from the application for admission. Both must be submitted at the time of application in order to be considered for financial support. Candidates wishing to apply for financial assistance must complete and submit the Financial Aid for Canadian Students (FACS) application form available via the Apple Financial Services website.
  • Scholarship Opportunities

    Every year GNS recognizes students who have achieved significant academic progress through a variety of performance-based scholarships. New domestic students are eligible for two types of awards:

    Entrance Scholarships are one-time awards of up to $5,000 and are available to qualifying domestic students entering Grades 6 to 12 based on a variety of criteria.

    Community Scholarships, introduced in 2015, are renewable awards of up to $10,000 for new domestic students entering Grades 8 to 12. Community Scholars carry their awards through their entire career at GNS, provided that they meet or exceed the school’s expectations in terms of their contribution to our school community.

Financial Support

At GNS, we seek students with strong academic potential, good character and diverse backgrounds from families who share the values of the school. Our goal is to provide resources and opportunities that will ensure our students’ success, and create an environment that encourages respect for the self and others.

Our Financial Assistance Program is designed with these principles in mind. Providing opportunities for students of all backgrounds allows our school community to reflect the real world while also fostering academic excellence.

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: How is financial assistance eligibility determined?

    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.
  • Q: How is Entrance Scholarship eligibility determined?

    • A record of outstanding academic achievement confirmed by report cards from the candidate’s previous school and supplemented by academic references;
    • A demonstrated commitment to fine arts and/or athletics confirmed by relevant references;
    • The candidate’s performance on the GNS entrance exam (should be equivalent to an ‘A’ standing); and
    • An interview with the Director of Admissions, Principal and/or Head of School.
  • Q: What are the criteria and expectations of our financial assistance program?

    • 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.
  • Q: What important dates should families be aware of?

    Current Families

    • December 9, 2022: Final day to submit completed FACS forms for current families.
    • February 6, 2023: Financial assistance award confirmations provided to families who met the December deadline.
    • February 13, 2023: Deadline for re-enrolment deposit payments for 2023/2024.

    New Families

    • Incoming families submit FACS forms as part of the application process.
    • March 1 through June 30: Financial assistance awards are communicated to newly admitted applicants.

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