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Our Programs

We offer a vast and varied selection of academic and co-curricular programs, so each child’s education journey can be as unique as they are. All students are encouraged to explore the full range of opportunities available to them, including arts, athletics, STEM, leadership, service and more.

Our Approach

As a proud International Baccalaureate (IB) World Continuum School, and a member of the Round Square, we offer an internationally recognized 'gold standard’ of education. This whole-child approach creates global thinkers who are committed, creative and compassionate leaders and stewards of the world.

Our Community

Whether at our oceanfront Junior School or six-acre Pemberton Woods Campus, your family will be welcomed into an inclusive, close-knit community. Our classes are small by design, so students receive personal attention and form strong relationships. We work closely with parents to provide an experience that suits each child.

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Glenlyon Norfolk School (GNS) is a Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 co-ed independent day and boarding school located in Victoria, on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada. We are firmly rooted in the values of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Round Square.

"This very old institution works extraordinarily hard to deliver a very 21st Century education and I believe they succeed. The magic lies in the teachers whom I have found to be committed beyond measure and among the kindest and caring I have ever known. The idea that GNS sets out to care about and nurture each child individually is not marketing, I have seen this mission carried out in the classroom, at provincial sporting events, in debate club, at graduation, and beyond."

– Lisa Layera, parent of Jack ’19 and Jojo ’27

"GNS is an OUTSTANDING community-based school with incredibly dedicated staff, wonderful cross-grade interaction and support, strong academics, great athletics, excellent volunteer opportunities and a first-class outdoor education program."

– Lindiann Hopkins, parent of Zoë '14 and Kiara '16

“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

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

– Natalie Gaines, mother of Taagen '24

"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

''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

"Every child is seen at GNS. No one falls through the cracks. The confidence displayed by the students here has so much to do with that."

– Junior School Parent

"GNS is a closely-knit supportive community that offers opportunities and experiences to inspire students."

– Middle School Parent

"GNS recognizes that each student is an individual and works towards helping them be THEIR best, rather than trying to make everyone be THE best."

– Senior School Parent

What GNS Families Are Saying

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Why not?

GNS is an independent co-ed university prep school for Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, located in Victoria, BC. Our inclusive community, rich variety of programs, and personal supports enable each child to experience an educational journey that’s as unique and multidimensional as they are. 

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Now accepting applications for 2024/2025

Discover Where You Belong

At Glenlyon Norfolk School (GNS), we see your child as a true individual—richly multifaceted, uniquely talented and exceedingly capable. We’re committed to helping them become their best self—whoever that may be—by encouraging them to explore, challenging them, and celebrating their differences.

GNS students aren’t afraid to push boundaries, make mistakes and be fully themselves, because they belong to a community that values courage, empathy and individuality. The result is university-ready graduates with a strong sense of self, who are confident in their abilities and ready to create change in the world.

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Middle School

Students in Grades 6 to 8 build foundational skills—and strong, lasting relationships—in an academic program that supports and challenges them as individuals.

Senior School

Grade 9 to 12 students prepare for post-secondary education—and the world—with a personally tailored mix of gold-standard academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Junior School

Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5 students explore, learn and play in an inspired beachfront setting, with methodology that supports their learning style.

3 Schools, 1 Philosophy

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Small Footprint. Global Impact.

1:8 faculty to student ratio

ensures each child is known and cared for

100% of GNS students choose co-curriculars

to explore new interests & pursue their passions

15% international students

comprise our globally-minded student body

8,500+ service hours

completed by our students last year

1M+ in financial support

is awarded annually to GNS students

100% of our grads are accepted

into 1 of their top 3 post-secondary choices

Are We a Fit For You?

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Our Difference In Action