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

BRVGS Phone Number:

(434) 207-8002

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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.

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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. 


New Year Brings New Activities for BRVGS Students and Staff

With the turn of the New Year, BRVGS stdents and staff are in the process of getting ready for a host of new activities for Spring 2013. World History students will feature their 1st sesmeter project websites in a "Website Contest" later this week, and will embark on visits to UVa and Washington DC in Winter and Spring of 2013. BRVGS AP Biology students will continue their preparation for the Spring AP Bio exam, and will participate in a "Bioethics" project, as well as canoe trips with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation later this spring.  Juniors in most schools will problem-solve creative programming solutions as part of BRVGS Computer Science, and BRVGS Seniors will present the results of their "Internship, Research and Community Service" Projects over the spring.  Parents and students can check project websites and student work by going to the drop-down menu on the "Academics" tab of the BRVGS Home Page.  Stay tuned for updates on these and other activities as Spring progresses!


BRVGS Students Engage in Research with Va. Tech Biotechnology Center

“What are the differences between the wild-type and genetically modified Arabidopsis plants?” “How do the possible effects of the stressors compare with the data we’ve collected?”

These are some of the questions students enrolled in biotechnology classes at BRVGS asked themselves during the fall semester. Students conducted research under the tutelage of their BRVGS AP Biology teachers and Dr. David Lally from the Fralin Biotechnology Center at Virginia Tech.  “This was pretty cool because I had never done an experiment that I already didn’t know the answer to,” said Emily Butterworth, a student at Madison County High School.

Data such as rosette width, bolt height, and reproductive yield was collected on wild and mutant experimental and control groups. Students conducted the experiments, collected data, and analyzed and published their findings. The culminating event was presentation of their work at a seven-county forum for peers, parents, educators, guests, and a panel of judges on November 22.

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