Quick Facts

Fast Facts
  • Co-ed independent day school for students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 established in 1913
  • 5- and 7-Day Family Boarding options for students from outside Victoria
  • Nature school offered in Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Grade 1
  • Member of ISABC (Independent Schools Association of BC), NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools), FISA BC (Federation of Independent Schools Associations BC), and CA+IS (Canadian Accredited Independent Schools)
  • An International Baccalaureate World Continuum School
  • A Member School of the Round Square
  • Located in Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Student Population: 700
  • Average Class size: 18
  • Student to Teacher Ratio: 7:1
  • Diversity: 85% Domestic; 15% International

Our Mission

To challenge and support each of our students to do their best through truth and courage in learning and in life.

Our Vision

Glenlyon Norfolk School prepares outstanding citizens of character who will contribute to the world through their leadership, their commitment to service and their understanding that we are all responsible for the future of our communities.

Our Values

  • Truth
  • Courage
  • Caring
  • Individuality
  • Community

Our Promise to Our Students

We will work to understand, challenge and support you to do your best and realize your potential as a whole person each day and throughout life.

Two Campuses

Our ocean-front Junior School is home to our Marine Adventure programme, while 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.

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.

Post Secondary Scholarship Offers

As of July 2019, our Grad Class of 55 Gryphons had earned 182 offers of acceptance from post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world, an average of 3.3 per grad. They have chosen to attend schools as nearby as the University of Victoria, and as far away as London, England, and Queenstown, New Zealand. And collectively, they have earned offers of over $739,000 in scholarships.

University Acceptances

Partial list of universities GNS 2018 grads are attending:

  • Canadian: U of Alberta, U of Calgary, U of Victoria, Carleton, Dalhousie, Ryerson, U of Waterloo, U of Western Ontario, Concordia, Queen's, U of Toronto, McGill
  • USA: University of California (Berkeley), University of Washington
  • International: University of Edinburgh

No matter what you choose to do at GNS, be it the arts or the sciences, you'll find like-minded people and you'll find a community where you fit in and where you are accepted.

– Marissa Smithson '18

Maddy’s teachers, coaches and instructors did so much for her, and helped her become the amazing young woman she is today.

– Rudy and Mary Anne Marchildon, parents of Maddy '16

As a newcomer to GNS, I have been overwhelmed with the outstanding support system for my son.

– Natalie Gaines, mother of Taagen '24

We believe strongly in the traditional values and mission of this school. Lizzie is the third generation of our family to attend GNS.

– Sarah Emslie '80, mother of Lizzie '23

We appreciate the staff, the leadership and the many parent volunteers who contribute to this amazing community.

– George and Shirley Szwender, parents of Alexandra '14 and Bella '18