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.

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14455 James Madison Hwy. Palmyra, Va 22963

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BRVGS Seniors Teach Engineering Concepts to Elementary Students

Lyndsey Norberg and Celene Exume are senior BRVGS students at Orange County High School.  They volunteer their time teaching engineering concepts to Orange Elementary Students in an after school math and technology program under the guidance of Lisa Yager, OES TTRT.

Both students are pursuing engineering disciplines in college and want to bring engineering themes and stimulate interest for engineering at the elementary level.  They hope to reveal the wide and exciting range of topics engineering offers and also encourage diversity in this field. 

Their next steps in the after school program includes 3d modelling of student engineering designs.​


Pictured here, Celene explains the engineering methods behind the design of a lighter weight golf club.  Lyndsey is pictured explaining a payload in a rocket launch.

BRVGS Senior Lindsay Knights (WMHS) is the Student Athlete of the Week

Check out this great piece about BRVGS Senior Lindsay Knights from William Monroe High School:

You can also check out her Senior Project - HERE


BRVGS Student Wants to Start Community Literary Magazine

The Greene County Recorder had an article about William Monroe High School senior Amanda Snead. She is launching a literary magazine for the community as a safe space for people to share their creative skills. It’s part of Snead’s Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School senior internship. READ THE ARTICLE


Orange County BRVGS Student Caring for His Community

Michael Jamerson attends Orange County High School and is the student council president. He has been working on "snack packs," which are bags filled with an array of healthy snacks. Michael packed 90 bags and delivered them to Orange County elementary students right before the winter break to provide something nutrious over the break.

Michael also organized "Be a Santa to a Senior." He put up a giving tree with paper ornaments. On the ornaments were written a wish from a senoir citizen. Orange County students and staff adopted over 75 seniour citizens from the local community! Great job! 



BRVGS Students Take Part in the Hour of Code

Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet. But fewer than half of all schools teach computer science. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this. If you've heard about the Hour of Code before, you might know it made history. More than 100 million students have tried an Hour of Code.
With the Hour of Code, computer science has been on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. Over 100 partners have joined together to support this movement. Every Apple Store in the world has hosted an Hour of Code. President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign.
This year, BRVGS helped to make it even bigger. Our AP Computer Science courses joined in for the Hour of Code 2016. During Computer Science Education Week, December 5-11, our students conducted several Hours of Code for a variety of audiences.
Check out what our students did during the week...
  • In Fluvanna, Jacob and Austin taught their peers at the high school how to animate their names using Codecademy.
  • Owen also taught a Fluco high school class how to code, using Lightbot and other online activities.
  • Reanna and Grace went to a Fluco 8th grade class for two days and used a popular code environment called Scratch to show them the power of programming.
  • Madi, Casey, Newlin, and Sophia went to Fluvanna Middle School to teach their lesson over two days - the first day was unplugged (no computers), and the second day was “plugged”, using Play Lab.
  • And Kylie, Kat, and Emily taught the hour of code to a group of Girl Scout cadets in Fluvanna County, using the Code Combat activity.
  • Over at William Monroe Middle School, Callie and Grace took the hour of code into a typing class to show coding in Minecraft.
  • Isaac, Ben and David went to Nathanael Greene Elementary School in Greene County and visited a 4th grade class and showed them an unplugged activity called My Robotic Friends, and then Lightbot on the computers. And they even brought in a local programming specialist as a guest speaker, to help inspire the students!
  • We found Camden, Maben, and Kade in the Goochland High School library, also using the Minecraft activity with their peers. 
  • Madison County High School saw Alex and Harold teach the yearbook staff all about graphics and coding using Hello Processing.
  • And Jason went to 3 different Orange County Public libraries to conduct 2-hour sessions for all ages, using a variety of online and offline activities. He was even joined by Elliott, a former AP CS student, who wanted to continue inspiring students!
  • Sam took his hour the farthest - he traveled to Virginia Beach and taught the Bitsbox hour of code to Providence Elementary School.


The Hour of Code, organized by the nonprofit and over 100 others, is a global movement that believes the students of today are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success. 

We hope you’ll join next year’s activities and take an hour in December to learn how to code!

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