The Blue Ridge Virtual Governor's School will create a collaborative learning community for academically motivated high school students that emphasizes service, leadership and the development of skills necessary for success in the 21st century, with an instructional focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

BRVGS Address:

14455 James Madison Hwy. Palmyra, Va 22963

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BRVGS Seniors Support Important Causes Through Community Service

As senior students of Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School go into the community service phase of their BRVGS senior projects, many have embarked on fundraising efforts for a wide range of causes.  

Caitlin Shilan of Madison County High School will be fundraising for the American Steeplechase Injured Jockeys Fund at the Montpelier Hunt Races on Saturday, Nov 1st.  She will host a tent at the races with educational materials, activities, and opportunities to meet jockeys.  If you are at the races, please check that out!

In Louisa,Noah Jones and Tyson Smith are combining efforts to put on “Slam N' Jam,”  a fundraising event for the Louisa Arts Center.  “Slam N' Jam” will combine a basketball tournament and concert, and will take place January 17, 2015 from 4pm-10pm at the Betty Queen Center at 522 Industrial Drive, Louisa, Virginia 23093.  The Twitter and Instagram names for the event are @slamnjam_2015 and the Facebook event is titled "Slam N' Jam 2015."

Devon Burger of Fluvanna is working to bring the Wildlife Center of Virginia into Fluvanna elementary schools, and is funding that effort through a “Go Fund Me” site at

Please check back here or on our Facebook page for updates on the efforts of our students to support a wide range of important causes!




Fall Semester 2014 is well underway and BRVGS students are immersed in learning activities, including field trips, lectures, university classes, and student projects.

BRVGS World History 9th graders are working on “Technology Through the Ages” semester projects. They will research and analyze important inventions in history, write academic papers, and collaborate with student teams in person and online to create group websites.

AP Biology students are engaged in their Arabidopsis research projects in partnership with the Fralin Biotechnology Center of Virginia Tech. Students will conduct inquiry-based investigations focused on plant biology.

The 11th graders participated in their 1st Semester Kickoff for Computer Science. In this online class, students not only learn computer science programming skills, they also practice the skills of self-pacing, communication and problem solving. Their projects will start later in November.

BRVGS 12th grade students met for the kickoff in September, and are now working on their Senior internships, community service and research projects.

BRVGS students also participated in the Charlottesville Tech Tour on October 9th. This all-day local event introduced area students to the dynamic high technology world that exists in the Charlottesville/Albemarle County metro region.

Students are participating in canoe trips led by Chesapeake Bay Foundation instructors. The BRVGS 10th graders from Greene, Fluvanna, and Madison scheduled trips during the fall, and the remaining schools will set Spring 2015 dates for their trips.

BRVGS students are also enrolled in the collaborative BRVGS-UVa Explorations in Engineering course this term.

As dates for other events are set, they will be announced on the BRVGS Homepage and Calendar, so check back for updates as the semester progresses.


Want to Apply to BRVGS? Applications Available October 15th

Applications for entry to the 2015-2016 BRVGS program will be available in member district middle schools and on the BRVGS website beginning this coming Wednesday, October 15th.  An electronic copy is also available by clicking on BRVGS Online Application Form.

Contact BRVGS Director Marc Carraway at 434-989-3972, or by email at for questions on the application process.



BRVGS Board to Meet October 6th

The BRVGS Joint Board will meet at 1:00 PM on Monday, Oct 6th, at the Best Western Zion Crossroads.  The agenda for the meeting can be viewed by clicking on October 2014 BRVGS Board Packet.  Please contact BRVGS Director Marc Carraway at or by phone at 434-989-3972 for any questions.  


Big Turnout for BRVGS Parent Info Night!

Over 130 parents and students came out to Best Western on Sept. 11th for an informational meeting to kick off the school year.  BRVGS officials reviewed the program mission and skill goals for students, upcoming activities for each grade level, elective college courses available through BRVGS, and tips for preparing students to be successful in college and beyond.  

The presentation slides from the evening can be viewed by clicking on BRVGS Parent Info Night Presentation.  Please contact BRVGS Director Marc Carraway at or 434-989-3972 for any questions.