Glenlyon Norfolk School (GNS) is a co-ed independent JK to Grade 12 International Baccalaureate and Round Square day and boarding school located on two campuses in Victoria, BC, Canada. Our school provides an independent educational experience for students from age three to Grade 12 that focuses on providing robust academics, promoting healthy social and emotional development, and utilizing student-centred, inquiry-based learning within a supportive community. Supported by the curricular framework of the IB, we strive to offer a learning experience that nurtures creativity, encourages critical thinking, and prepares students for success in their post-secondary studies and beyond.
A GNS education is intended, and designed, to open the universe of possibilities to every student and to ignite their passion for their own unique futures. We help students discover who they are, not just what they want to be. Building on our foundation as a university preparatory school, we encourage students to be curious, engaged and balanced learners who are ready to take positive risks, make mistakes and follow their own path. They leave knowing they will forever be supported by the GNS community. They leave knowing they can make a difference.
To empower and support each of our students to do their best through truth and courage in learning and and in life.
The GNS core values are: Truth, Courage, Caring, Individuality and Community.
GNS is looking for applicants who demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence, community involvement, and doing their best each and every day. As part of the application process, students complete an entrance assessment (math, reading, writing) and a character interview to determine their fit with the GNS program. Admissions decisions are made by our Admissions Committee, typically within 1-2 weeks of completing the academic assessment and interview. Applicants who's primary language of communication is not English will be required to complete a third party English assessment - our preferred partner is the Duolingo English Test, but applicants may also submit TOEFL or IELTS so long as the test results are less than 6 months old.
Entrance Test Requirements
- Applicants will complete an entrance assessment that is administered in person or via Zoom by a member of our Admissions Team.
International Baccalaureate Offered
University of British Columbia
University of Victoria
University of Toronto
Simon Fraser University
Numerous destinations in the United States
- International Baccalaureate
- Round Square
GNS is a member of the Round Square group of schools and works to ensure each student participates in service initiatives every year. These initiatives can be campus based, in the local community, or further afield including international service trips that are offered each year to our senior school students.
2 week service learning trip to Costa Rica
1 week band trip to Hawaii
Round Square leadership trip to London, England
The GNS Program of Studies offers a comprehensive guide to course and program offerings:
Badminton, basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, rowing, rugby, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field, ultimate frisbee, volleyball.
Book & board game club, chess club, cultural club, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Dungeons & Dragons, environmental club, fitness club, math club, Model United Nations, pride & equality club, robotics, Round Square, science fair, Spanish club, tech team, yearbook club.
Art club, choir, concert band, debate & public speaking, jazz band, musical theatre, performance studio, photography club, tech squad, theatre company.
Senior prefect team, Athletic Leadership Council, Gryphon Student Government.
- Basketball courts/gymnasium,
- Indoor rock climbing
- Regulation size turf soccer field
- Dining hall
- Denford Hall theatre
- Outdoor sports areas
- Ocean-access from primary campus
- Laundry facilities
- Tech-friendly campus
- Access to public transit - 5 min from downtown
- Art studio
- Music center
- Fitness center
- 2 libraries
- Student common areas