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GNS at a Glance

Welcome to Glenlyon Norfolk School!
At GNS, we recognize that finding the school that is the best 'fit' for your child (and your family) will be an interesting, exciting, and, sometimes, overwhelming experience. You may have discovered that there is much that independent schools have in common—academic challenge enhanced athletics and fine arts opportunities, small class sizes, and nurturing environments. Yet all schools are different and it is the uncovering of what is distinct about each school that can be the challenge.

Founded in 1913, Glenlyon Norfolk School is a co-ed independent university prep day school for students from Junior Kindergarten to Graded 12. We are the only school in Victoria and on Vancouver Island that is both an International Baccalaureate World Continuum School and a member school of the Round Square. The former means that GNS teachers and staff have embraced an internationally recognized 'gold' standard of education. Our membership in the Round Square is an articulation of ideals that include internationalism, democracy, environmental stewardship, outdoor activity, leadership and service.

The information on this page is designed to provide you some basic facts about our school. But we encourage you to dig deeper to truly discover what makes our small school great.
Two Campuses
Our ocean-front Junior School campus has undergone a complete transformation over the last few years. This began with the creation of new Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten buildings, as well as a comprehensive updating of the original Rattenbury Boathouse. The brand new 28,000 square foot Main Building and Gym opened in September 2020 and the revitalization of the Coach House was completed in the spring of 2021.
Our urban Middle and Senior School campus features an artificial turf field, a 340-seat performing arts hall, a new fitness centre, and refurbished dining hall and music rooms. Located on the same campus, students in Grades 6 to 12 enjoy the benefits of sharing sophisticated facilities and green space with each other while still being part of their own close-knit, nurturing communities.

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  • University Acceptances

    The 63 members of the Class of 2021 are graduating with lots of choices as they have earned 259 offers of acceptance to post-secondary institutions around the globe, an average of 4.11 per student. Some of them are planning to pursue studies in commerce, engineering, sciences, urban planning, the arts, computer science, creative writing, journalism or kinesiology. Some of them are planning a GAP year to explore other passions.
    A partial list of universities recent grads are attending:
    • Canadian: U of British Columbia, U of Victoria, Carleton, Concordia, Dalhousie, Ryerson, U of Waterloo, U of Western Ontario, Queen's, U of Toronto, McGill
    • USA: University of California (Berkeley), Santa Clara University, Georgia Tech
    • International: Queen Mary University, University College of London
  • Post Secondary Scholarship Offers

    Congratulations to the Class of 2021! This accomplished group of leaders has achieved a lot during their time at GNS. The 63 members of the Class of 2021 are hard workers! Collectively, they have been offered $1.6 million in university scholarships. This significant accomplishment will help support whatever choices they make this fall regarding post-secondary studies.
  • Accreditations

  • Community and Service

    Over their four years in our Senior School, the 63 members of the Class of 2021 have definitely demonstrated their caring natures. Collectively, they have performed 8053 hours of community service during this time with 2,243 hours occurring during their Grade 12 year alone. This includes working with numerous organizations like Victoria Hospice, the Out of the Rain Youth Shelter, School Helpers Vancouver Island, Our Place and Broken Promises Animal Rescue. They have volunteered to coach, to clean beaches, to tutor, to bake or prepare meals, to help neighbours, and to write messages of support to the Canadian Forces. And they have also offered support within our school community helping with clubs, with athletics, in the theatre, or as part of the Round Square.

Glenlyon Norfolk School

Junior School (JK to Grade 5)

Middle (Grade 6 to 8) and Senior (Grade 9 to 12) Schools