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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BLAST program open to 9th graders

The Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST), a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Old Dominion University (ODU), University of Virginia (UVA, Virginia Tech (VT) and the Commonwealth of Virginia, will offer an exciting on-campus summer STEM experience FREE to participating 8th and 9th grade students.  This be will be the first time that students from those grades will have the opportunity to participate in these sessions.

BLAST will bring STEM alive through a series of innovative sessions led by faculty and staff designed to spark interest in STEM opportunities.  Faculty demonstrations will showcase some out-of-the-ordinary science and engineering, with the goal of increasing student curiosity.

Students may apply to attend any ONE of the following sessions in the summer of 2016:

Session 1:  June 26-29 – Old Dominion University
Session 2:  July 13-16 – Virginia Tech
Session 3:  July 24-27 – University of Virginia
Session 4:  July 31-August 3 – University of Virginia

Students must meet all of the following qualifications in order to apply:

Be a current 8th or 9th grade student from a Virginia middle, high, home-school or private school.
Be a Virginia resident.
Have at least a C+ average.
Have a desire to explore STEM opportunities.
Not have previously attended BLAST.
Have transportation to and from the university.

To find out more about the program and how to apply, see the BLAST website at:



BRVGS Students in the News

Photo by Ryan Kelly, The Daily Progress

Blue Ridge Governor’s School students are not only busy with BRVGS academics, but making headlines in their schools and communities as well.

Students participated in the 12th annual Charlottesville Business Innovation Council Tech Tour to learn about local technology opportunities.

BRVGS students were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Fluvanna County High School Senior Jonathan Corbin was named a 2016 National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist, and FCHS students Keegan Campanelli and Kayla Corredera-Wells were named Commended Students. Zachary Wright, a senior at William Monroe High School, was also recognized as a National Merit Scholarship-Commended student. The links below provide more details on these stories.  

In addition to those noted above, Rebecca Alpern and Hannah Ward of Louisa were recognized as National Merit Scholars.



BRVGS Parent Survey for Strategic Planning

The Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School will be working this year on a new strategic plan for the school.  The plan will address future the overall mission of the BRVGS program, course offerings and learning activities for BRVGS students, guidelines for managing program growth and promotion of diversity in our student body.

As part of this effort, we are hoping to gather parent input through an online survey.  We also plan to have 3 to 5 parents participate with the BRVGS Strategic Planning Committee, which will meet in November, with 1 or 2 meetings later in the school year.

With that in mind, an email has been sent to all parent email addresses on file, with a link to the survey.  The survey can also be directly accessed by clicking on  Parents will have the opportunity to sign up for the Strategic Planning Committee upon completion of the survey as well.  

Thanks to everyone who participates in this important part of our strategic planning process.  If you have any questions, please contact BRVGS Director Marc Carraway at or by phone at 434-989-3972.



Applications for 2016-17 Now Available!

Applications for entry into BRVGS for 2016-17 are now available on the BRVGS website.  To download an editable .docx version of the application, click on the "Admissions" tab of this website (above), then on "Application".

Paper copies of the application will be available in each BRVGS memebr district middle school after the district's BRVGS Parent Info Meeting.  The meetings are scheduled on the dates listed below.  Please check with local officials for locations and times of each:

Oct 8 - Fluvanna Parent mtg

Oct 13 - Orange Parent Info night - Locust Grove MS

Oct 15 - Grymes High School Night

Oct 19 - Greene Parent Info night

Oct 21 - Madison Parent Info Night

Oct 22 - Louisa MS Parent Info night

Oct 28 - Goochland Parent Info night

Nov  2 or 3 - Nelson Parent Info Night

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


Louisa Senior Organizes Walk for Autoimmune Disease Research

For her BRVGS Senior Project Community Service, Savannah Morris planned a walk to promote awareness regarding autoimmune disease, and to raise funds for research on this condition. Savannah worked with Ms. Leigh-Anne Sheppard, ambassador for the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), and they are involving many local Louisa County businesses in their effort. The details of the walk are listed in the poster below.