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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Group Headed to Virginia Capitol to Meet with Legislators

      BRVGS students from Fluvanna, Goochland, Louisa and Orange counties will visit state legislators in Richmond on February 19 as part of Friends of Virginia Governor’s Schools (FOVGS) Capitol Day program. The purpose of the visit is to provide legislators with information on the role and importance of Governor’s Schools across the state, and to give students a first-hand look at their state government in action. 

FOVGS is a parent organization whose mission is to support Virginia Governor’s Schools, particularly in the area of funding. Parents who are interested in representing Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School in FOVGS should contact Marc Carraway at or 434-989-3972. Those interested in supporting Governor’s Schools in Virginia should contact their state legislators.


Taylor Utz Returns from Ugandan Mission

Taylor Utz, a BRVGS 9th grader from Madison, just returned from a two-week African mission trip. She is pictured here with Joy, a young girl Taylor sponsors at an orphanage in Uganda. Reflecting on her experience, she said, “I had such a great time...The trip has given me a whole new mindset.” For more about Taylor’s trip, see the article below titled, Student Begins 2013 with Service in Africa.


Engineering Students Solve Real-World Problems in UVA Class

If buildings in Louisa County were designed by BRVGS students, damage from earthquakes could be minimized. Alleviating earthquake damage was just one of several projects tackled in an engineering design-and-build challenge requiring students to solve real-world problems.  

Other projects included water-filtration solutions, light-sensitive blinds, ergonomic student desks, and aerodynamically-improved buses. Fourteen students from Goochland, Orange, Louisa, and William Monroe high schools participated in the challenge through their fall-semester University of Virginia online engineering class. Students presented their project results on January 10, then toured the 3-D printer lab and the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

For more photos, click here.


Literary Magazine Publishes Madison Student's Poetry

Poetry by BRVGS student Summer Davis is featured this month in Zenith: An Online Literary Magazine. Three poems were contributed by the Madison County High School 10th grader, and were accepted for publication in the online magazine’s January 2013 issue. To read Summer’s poems titled, “Mistletoe,” “Simon,” and “The Parlor Piano,” go to  Congratulations, Summer! 


Zenith was created and is now run by two students attending the Appomattox Regional Governor's School for the Arts and Technology. Their mission is to provide opportunities for 9th-12th graders to publish their original work in the literary field.

Other students interested in submitting work can check out Zenith’s submission page at


Student Begins 2013 with Service in Africa

While many students are just returning from much-needed winter breaks, Taylor Utz is completing volunteer work in Africa. The Madison County High School ninth grader and BRVGS student  is spending the first two weeks of 2013 in Kampala, Uganda. She went with other members of The Summit Church in Madison, who partner with a Ugandan church, and also support an orphanage and widows’ center there.

Before she left on her trip, Taylor said, “I sponsor a student named Joy [at the orphanage]...I receive regular pictures of Joy, and we have written to each other a I can’t wait to actually hug her in person.”

Part of Taylor’s time in Uganda is devoted to helping with eyeglass clinics, training and equipping teachers, conducting church visitations, and teaching life skills. She is also getting a first-hand look at the role of women in that culture. Taylor’s mother, Debbie, is the administrative liaison for this ministry. It is her initial meeting with the African partners, and it is Taylor’s first trip out of the United States.