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Admissions

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.

Tuitions Fees & Policies

List of 8 items.

  • Canadian Resident Fees for 2021/2022

    Junior Kindergarten

     First Steps
    (8:20 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.)
    Full Day
    (8:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.)
    Fee DeadlinePaid in full by May 31, 202110 monthly payments
    (June 1, 2021 to March 1, 2022)
    Paid in full by May 31, 202110 monthly payments
    (June 1, 2021 to March 1, 2022)
     $8,735$900$19,475$2,005

    Domestic Fees No Boarding

     BC ResidentsCanadian Residents Outside of BC
    Fee DeadlinePaid in full by
    May 31, 2021
    10 monthly payments
    (June 1, 2021 to March 1, 2022)
    Paid in full by
    May 31, 2021
    2 equal instalments
    (May 31, 2021 and November 1, 2022)
    Kindergarten to Grade 5$21,450$2,210$25,995$13,385
    Grade 6 to 8$23,775$2,450$28,320$14,585
    Grade 9 to 12$25,255$2,600$29,800$15,345

    Domestic Fees with Family Boarding

     BC Residents, 7-day Family Boarding
    Fee DeadlinePaid in full by
    May 31, 2021
    10 monthly payments
    (June 1 to March 1, 2022)
    Grade 6 to 8$40,560$4,180
    Grade 9 to 12$42,040$4,330

    Domestic Fees with Gryphon House Boarding

     BC Residents, Gryphon House BoardingCanadian Residents Outside of BC, Gryphon House Boarding
    Fee DeadlinePaid in full by
    May 31, 2021
    10 monthly payments
    (June 1, 2021 to March 1, 2022)
    Paid in full by
    May 31, 2021
    10 monthly payments
    (June 1 to March 1, 2022)
    Grade 9 to 12$54,795$5,645$57,500$5,925
    Billing: Invoices are sent to families in April, or are sent as part of the Admissions offer. Tuition and other fees are approved by the Board of Governors on an annual basis and are typically subject to a 4 to 6% increase annually. Updated fee information is published each February.
    Financial Support: The school makes every effort to enable families to meet the financial challenges of an independent school education. Families wishing to learn more can find bursary and scholarship information farther down this page.
    New Student Fees:
    • Due at the time of application: $250 non-refundable Application Fee
    • Due at the time of acceptance for First Steps to Grade 5: $3,000 non-refundable Registration Fee
    • Due at the time of acceptance for Grade 6 to 12: $2,500 non-refundable Registration Fee
  • Payment Options and Methods for Canadian Students

    Fees are payable in advance for the year on May 31, 2021. Fees paid in full by May 31 will avoid any finance charge. The fee payment options available for 2021/2022 are:
    1. Payment in full by May 31, 2021
    2. 2 Equal payments on May 31, 2021 and November 1, 2021 with a finance fee of 2.0 % applied to each payment
    3. 10 Monthly payments beginning June 1, 2021, through March 1, 2022 with a finance fee of 3.0 % applied to each payment
    GNS can accept the following payment methods:
    • Pre-authorized debit (Canadian financial institution)
    • Etransfers
    • Canadian or US cash
    • Cheque or money order
    • Online banking at any major Canadian financial institution
    • Direct wire transfer
    • Credit card (plus a 3% administration fee)
    Interest and Bank Charges: Interest is charged on accounts in arrears at the rate of 1.5% per month, which equates to an annual rate of 18.12%. Payments returned by the bank are subject to a $50 service charge.
    Late Re-enrolment Fee: For returning students, if the re-enrolment deposit is paid by February 19, 2021, there is no late registration fee. If it is paid after February 19, a $200 late fee will be payable in order to complete the re-registration process.
    Late Tuition Payment Fee: Tuition fees (or post-dated cheques or PAD forms) are due by May 31, 2021. If this information is received after May 31, 2021, a $200 late fee will be payable.
    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 135 school days in the school year between September 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. Where these criteria are not met, families are billed an additional fee to cover the amount of the grant.
  • International Student Fees for 2021/2022

     International Students,
    no Family Boarding
    International students,
    7-day Family Boarding
    International Students,
    7-day Gryphon House Boarding
    Fee DeadlinePaid in full by May 31, 2021Paid in full by May 31, 2021Paid in full by May 31, 2021
    Kindergarten to Grade 5$33,520n/an/a
    Grade 6 to 8$35,845$52,630n/a
    Grade 9 to 12$37,325$54,110$69,995
    Payment is due on or before May 31, 2021, or by the date stated in the Admissions offer letter. Invoices are sent to families in April, or are sent as part of the Admissions offer. Tuition and other fees are approved by the Board of Governors on an annual basis and are typically subject to a 4 to 6% increase annually. Updated fee information is published each February.

    Additional Charges for International Students

    1. New Student Fees:
      1. Due at the time of application: $250 non-refundable Application Fee
      2. $5,500 non-refundable deposit (includes $2,500 registration fee)
    2. 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. During HeadStart, 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 $1,000, which includes all instruction, activities, transportation and accommodation. HeadStart is mandatory for all Middle and Senior School international students who are new to Canada.
    3. Contingency Deposit: A $3,000 contingency fee deposit is required at the time of registration for any student in Family Boarding and $1,500 for any international student living with their family, 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—except for a $250 Loss and Damage deposit—will be refunded to the Home Parents within a month of the student leaving GNS. The $250 Loss and Damage deposit will be refunded when all outstanding school fees have been cleared by our Finance Department, including medical claims, lost textbooks, yearbook, etc.
  • Payment Options and Methods for International Students

    Fees are due for the year on May 31, 2021. Fees paid in full by May 31 will avoid a finance charge.
    GNS can accept the following payment methods:
    • Canadian or US cash
    • Etransfer
    • Cheque or money order
    • Online banking at any major Canadian financial institution
    • Direct wire transfer
    • AliPay
    • Credit card (plus a 3% administration fee)
    Interest and Bank Charges: Interest is charged on accounts in arrears at the rate of 1.5% per month, which equates to an annual rate of 18.12%. Payments returned by the bank are subject to a $50 service charge.
    Late Re-enrolment Fee: For returning students, if the re-enrolment deposit is paid by February 19, 2021, there is no late registration fee. If it is paid after February 19, a $200 late fee will be payable in order to complete the re-registration process.
    Late Tuition Payment Fee: If the tuition fees are paid by May 31, 2021 there is no late fee. If they are paid after May 31, a $200 late fee will be payable.
    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. While there is no reason to doubt the continued funding of the grant at this time, parents should be aware that if the grant is reduced, the school may have to adjust fees to compensate for the loss of revenue. For funding purposes, a 'qualifying student' is a school age person who attends the school for at least 135 school days in the school year between September 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.
  • Additional Discounts and Charges for All Students

    1. 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.
    2. Loss and Damage Deposit: The school requires any student in Grades 6 to 12 to have a Loss and Damage Reserve of $250. This is a refundable deposit held in each child’s name until they leave the school. The purpose of the Reserve is to defray costs relating to lost or damaged library books, textbooks and other miscellaneous charges.
    3. 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. 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.
    4. Family Boarding Fees: GNS offers a Family Boarding Program that provides a welcoming, safe, supportive, English-speaking, family environment for students from other countries by arranging for them to live with GNS families. The annual cost for participating in our program from September to June are as follows:
      1. 5-day Family Boarding: $10,685
      2. 7-day Family Boarding: $16,785
    5. 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 reported on formally in report cards, as is the case in all other subject areas. The cost for the ELA program is $4,000 each year. Private tutoring is also available.
  • Other Expenses All Students

    1. Uniforms: Required school uniform items must be purchased on campus at the school store. Uniform expenses are approximately $200 to $400 for Junior Kindergarten and $400 to $800 for Kindergarten to Grade 12.
    2. Middle School Chromebook: GNS students in Grade 6 are expected to bring a Chromebook to the school in order to support their classroom learning. We have seen that when used appropriately in a safe classroom environment that this technology is an excellent support for the activities and learning opportunities available to the students. We have developed a Chromebook Subscription Program that will provide GNS families with a high degree of safety, convenience, and value.
    3. 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.
    4. After School Care: After School Care is available throughout the school year from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday for Junior School students. The cost for After School Care is $23 per day.
  • Tuition Refund Plan

    Your financial obligation to the school is for the full annual tuition as stated in the Tuition and Enrolment Agreement. In the event of withdrawal from the school (voluntary or requested), only a portion of the tuition fees will be refunded as follows:
    Date withdrawal notice provided:Percentage of refund given:
    June 1 to August 3170% of tuition net of any financial aid
    September 1 to October 3150% of tuition net of any financial aid
    November 1 to December 3135% of tuition net of any financial aid
    January 1 to February 2815% of tuition net of any financial aid
    March 1 to June 30No refund provided
    The school, at its discretion, may consider an increased refund (not to exceed 80% of annual tuition net of financial aid) for students who have withdrawn for medical reasons. Please note that amounts owing in excess of the tuition refund will be due and payable within 30 days of the date of withdrawal.
  • 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 15% of GNS families that have qualified through a third-party provider (Apple Financial Services).

List of 2 items.

  • Financial Support Options

    Needs-based financial support 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 domestic day students.

    The application for financial support 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 support 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 Support eligibility determined?

    Families wishing to apply for financial support 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 support 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 11, 2021: Final day to submit completed FACS forms for current families.
    • February 5, 2022: Financial aid award confirmations provided to families who met the December 11, 2021 deadline.
    • February 12, 2022: Deadline for re-enrolment deposit payments for 2022/2023.

    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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