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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New Student Orientation and Summer work for 9th and 10th grades

We at BRVGS hope that all of our students and parents are having a fantastic summer so far!  We just wanted to provide a quick reminder that the Orientation for new BRVGS 9th graders will take place on July 11th at Best Western Zion Crossroads for Fluvanna, Goochland, Louisa and Nelson, and on July 20th at the PVCC Giuseppe Center in Standardsville for Orange, Greene and Madison.

Also, we sent a letter with a link to our parent packet to parents of incoming 9th graders last month.  The packet contains a link to the World History summer work, but parents and students can also find that work by clicking on this link:

Rising 10th grade students received emails in the BRVGS accounts from their next year AP Biology teacher, with info on their summer work requirements.

Please contact BRVGS Director Marc Carraway at with any questions on this information - and in the meantime, best wishes to all for a safe a relaxing summer!  


Congrats to BRVGS Seniors!

Seniors BRVGS students shared the results of their senior internship, research and community service projects at the BRVGS Senior Expo at the Taylor Education Administrative Complex in Orange, Va on Friday, May 13th.  Teams of evaluators from member school systems and local communities assessed students on appearance and presence, quality of presentation materials, and significance of their learning.  

The event was a great way to celebrate the accomplishments of these very dedicated students.  Big thanks go out to all of our evaluators for their service, and to everyone at the Orange County School Board office for hosting the event, and congratulations to our BRVGS seniors for a job well done!  

To see website links to senior projects (organized by school), go to:


World History Memorial Reflections

BRVGS 9th graders traveled to Washington, DC last week to visit the War Memorials on the National Mall and the Holocaust Museum.  

Many of our students wrote reflections or posted photo reflections to a website.

To see their reflections, please click on


Spring Project Presentations

Blue Ridge Virtual Governor's School students in all grades will be presenting the results of group and individual projects in all grades over the next few weeks.  Parents and the community are invited to all of these presentations - we are proud of our students' accomplishments, and love to have an appreciative audience!

The upcoming presentations span a variety of topics: BRVGS World History classes will present on "The Ethics of Technology,"  Biology classes will compete for "BRVGS grant funding" in presentations on topics in biotechnology,  BRVGS Computer Science students will present and will "sell" problem-solving computer apps, and seniors will present the results of their internship, research and community-service projects.  Here are dates, information, locations and start times for the upcoming presentations:

  • April 8 - Nelson County Seniors, NCHS Library, 8:30 AM
  • April 11 - Madison County Seniors, MCHS Library, 8:30 AM
  • April 15 - Fluvanna County Seniors, FCHS Library, 8:30 AM
  • April 18 - Orange and Louisa World History, Best Western Zion Crossroads, 9:30 AM
  • April 19 - Goochland and Fluvanna World History, Best Western Zion Crossroads, 9:30 AM
  • April 20 - Fluvanna, Goochland, Louisa and Nelson AP Biology, Best Western Zion Crossroads, 9:30 AM
  • April 21 - Orange, Greene and Madison Biology, PVCC Guiseppe Center, 9:30 AM
  • April 22 - Nelson, Greene and Madison World History, PVCC Guiseppe Center, 9:30 AM
  • April 26 - Greene County Seniors, WMHS Library, 8:30 AM
  • April 28 - Goochland County Seniors, GHS Studio B, 8:30 AM
  • May 13 - BRVGS Senior Expo, Orange County School Board Office, 10:00 AM
  • May 23 - Goochland, Greene, Madison and Orange Computer Science, Best Western Zion Crossroads, 9:30 AM

Please contact teachers or BRVGS Marc Carraway at for more details on these presentations.  We hope to see lots parents and community members out at these programs over the next month!


BRVGS Student and Teacher Recognized!

Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School is pleased to note the recent recognitions of Nadia Anderson, a 10th grade BRVGS student at Orange County High School, and Brett Derrico, 9th grade World History teacher and Senior Advisor for BRVGS at Goochland High School.

 Nadia was recognized as the high school recipient of the Garvis Huff Memorial Outstanding Youth and Youth Advocate Awards Ceremony at the Orange County High School auditorium for her “courage, community service and leadership.”  Despite ongoing health issues, Nadia has served as a Sunday school teacher and church volunteer, as a volunteer for the Pregnancy Centers of Orange and Special Olympics bowling, and as an ambassador for People to People.  To see more about the Garvis Huff award and Nadia, click on:

Mr. Brett Derrico was recognized as Goochland High School’s Teacher of the Year for 2015-16.  He has served as World History teacher for BRVGS ninth graders and as BRVGS Senior Advisor at GHS for the past several years.  Mr. Derrico has also organized overseas travel to Europe for students at GHS in addition to his classroom duties.  With this recognition, Mr. Derrico will be nominated as a candidate for the Goochland County Teacher of the Year.  

 BRVGS is very proud of Nadia and Mr. Derrico for these outstanding accomplishments.