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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.

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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. We are confident this choice is among the most valuable decisions you will ever make and we are committed to ensuring your choice is validated and exceeded each and every day.

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 8.5% in fees annually, as approved by the Board of Governors.

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):

  • Proof of BC Medical Services Plan (BC MSP) coverage for parent/guardian
  • Other Provincial government-issued ID (BC Driver’s license)

Secondary documentation (at least TWO of the following):

  • 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 Status Qualifying Criteria
BC Resident The 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 Province The 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.
International The 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 Status Application Fee Registration 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 Separtment as soon as possible to determine other possible arrangements.

Payment plans are available for Canadian families and incur a 3% finance charge on the amount financed. Families that fall behind on payments without communication with and approval from our Finance Separtment 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:

  • Uniforms: Required school uniform items must be purchased on campus at the school store. Uniform expenses are approximately $400 to $800.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 31 50% of tuition net of any financial assistance
September 1 to October 1 25% of tuition net of any financial assistance
October 1 onward No 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.

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Payment Options and Methods

  • Fees are due for the year on May 31, 2022. Fees paid in full by May 31 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.

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Affording GNS