The purpose of BRVGS is to serve the academic needs of a community of motivated, high-ability students through a variety of instructional strategies and learning opportunities that engage their interests and challenge their intellectual boundaries beyond a traditional high school experience.

The mission of BRVGS is to inspire and challenge our students through unique, rigorous, technology-centered learning experiences, and to prepare them with the skills to be the leaders, collaborators and innovators of the future.

BRVGS Address:

14455 James Madison Hwy. Palmyra, Va 22963

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Keep up with all the happenings at BRVGS!

We are looking forward to another great year at BRVGS!  We try to Live stream as many of the student presentations and meetings that we can.  Please keep in mind that we are always limited by bandwidth and acoustics of the space :-)

We try to post articles, pictures, and videos here and on our BRVGS Facebook page.  Please follow us and keep up with all the great experiences and learning our students and staff are participating in.

From this summer so far we have had two Freshman Orientation days that are followed by short parent meetings.  We have included those Live feed links below.  The same content was covered both days.

Southern Orientation - Best Western - July 11th

Northern Orientation - Guiesspe Center - July 20th



To China and Back - Summer Adventure for BRVGS!

It's been a couple of weeks since 21 BRVGS staff, students, and family members set foot on American soil after 8 days of traveling through China, but some are probably just getting over the jet lag now.  Participants would agree that the long flights were worth the trip, however.  Trip participants, including BRVGS students and grads from Orange, Madison and Nelson schools, packed in tons of sightseeing, learning, and experiences throughout the trip.

To see an article about the trip from the Nelson County Times, please click "Governor's School Students Embark on Journey to China", and to see pics, click on China 2016 Photos.  

The journey began with arrival in Beijing, China's capital city, where students climbed the Great Wall of China, toured Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Summer Palace, learned about China's tea traditions, and practiced Tai Chi in the Temple of Heaven Park.

Next, after a brief plane ride to the ancient city of Xi'an, travelers bicycled around the ancient city walls, toured the site of the fabled Terra Cotta Warriors, explored the city's ancient Muslim Quarter, and practiced Chinese calligraphy at an art museum.

The final leg of the trip was the ultra-modern city of Shanghai, where the group ascended to the observation deck of the Shanghai World Financial center (now the 2nd tallest buidling in Shanghai), toured the Jade Buddha Temple and Yuyuan Gardens, and got in some much-deserved shopping time.

Despite having packed so much traveling and sightseeing into such a short time, participants had a great time enjoying the sights, culture, and of course, the food of China.  BRVGS hopes to use this 1st-ever BRVGS international student trip as a starting point for more adventures in the future, so students and parents should be on the lookout for more opportunities like this to come.  



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