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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 is undergoing a complete transformation. The creation of new Junior Kindergarten Kindergarten buildings, as well as a comprehensive updating of the original Rattenbury Boathouse were completed in May 2019. Phase II is well underway and will consist of a new Main Building and Gym as well as the restoration of Ratternbury House. This phase of construction is intended to be complete by Spring 2021.
Our urban Middle and Senior School campus features an artificial turf field, a 340-seat theatre, a new fitness centre, and refurbished dining hall and music rooms. The Junior School is located on the Beach Drive Campus at 1701 Beach Drive. The Middle and Senior Schools are located on the Pemberton Woods Campus at 801 Bank Street.

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  • University Acceptances

    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 2020! This remarkable group of young people has accomplished a lot during their time at GNS. Despite the challenges they faced due to the pandemic with the switch to distance learning and the cancellation of the traditional grad events, they persevered and finished their year in a manner that exemplified our core values of truth, courage, caring, individuality and community. These 70 Gryphons have earned 257 offers of acceptance from post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world, an average of 3.6 per grad. They have chosen to attend schools as nearby as the University of Victoria, and as far away as Spain. And collectively, they have earned offers of over $1,388,500 in scholarships. We are so proud of all of you and look forward to hearing about all of your upcoming adventures.
  • Accreditations

  • Community and Service

    Last year, Senior School students performed over 6,310 community and service hours. Our Grad Class of 2019 performed 1947 hours this past school year alone! On average, 4 out of 5 students exceed their community and service requirements.

Glenlyon Norfolk School

Junior School (JK to Grade 5)

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