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Our School
Senior School

Academics & the IB Diploma

Our Senior School provides a safe, yet stimulating, environment in which our students expand their minds and shape their characters in preparation for the exciting challenges of higher education. 
Through classroom and co-curricular learning, our students engage with our rich programs and specialist teachers, who help them to develop critical thinking and communication skills in a creative and collaborative environment.
Students in Grade 9 to 12 have an increasing degree of choice in their course selection as they move up in grades, though all students are required to choose a combination of courses that qualifies them for university entry. The ever-expanding choice of courses includes: English, maths, sciences, social sciences, second language options, fine arts, physical education, and information technology.
Glenlyon Norfolk School is a non-semestered school. We are a linear school and courses run from September to June following a ten-day block schedule where the school year is divided into three terms.
In Grades 9 and 10, students cover the provincial curriculum within the framework of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP). The culmination of this program is the Personal Project, an independent study in an area of particular interest. Glenlyon Norfolk School is proud to be authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme in Grades 11 and 12.
There are two paths of study at GNS for students in Grades 11 and 12: full IB Diploma and IB Diploma Courses route. While the IB Primary Years Programme and IB Middle Years Programme operate as a philosophy of education, the DP is a set, enriched curriculum that includes first-year university concepts and material. DP students study English, a second language, mathematics, a science, social studies, a sixth area of study, and the Theory of Knowledge, a required course that explores the nature of values and the essence of truth in various disciplines.
All students who complete the requirements to graduate Grade 12 in BC receive a Dogwood Diploma. To also receive an IB Diploma from the International Baccalaureate Organization, students must complete all of the stipulated requirements.
No matter what choice they make, students will be well prepared to take on the challenges of higher education and will leave GNS as caring, confident citizens of the world.

Glenlyon Norfolk School

Junior School (JK to Grade 5)

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

We wish to acknowledge and respect the Lekwungen-Speaking Peoples on whose traditional territory we stand, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and Wsáneć Peoples whose historical relationships with the land, where we live, work, play and learn, continue to this day.