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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Busy summer for BRVGS students and staff!  

School may be out for summer, but many of our BRVGS students and staff members have been keeping busy with educational and other activities.  Several of our students have attended summer governor's school programs and other challenging educational opportunities (see "A successful year for BRVGS Students and Staff" for more info).  Many of the BRVGS senior students have also gotten a head start on their senior-year internship, research and community service projects as well.

BRVGS staff members have also been busy this summer.  BRVGS teachers Rachel Carlton (Orange) and Aaron Grubbs (Fluvanna) are taking gifted certification courses, and new BRVGS Biology teacher Kathy Richardson is attending AP Biology training in Williamsburg.  BRVGS Director Marc Carraway spent 10 days in China for an educational tour sponsored by the University of Virginia's School University Partnership and EF Tours.  To see a brief slideshow of that trip, go to Mr. Carraway's China Slideshow.

In addition to educational activities, two of our BRVGS staff members from William Monroe HS were busy with other important pursuits.  Kirstin Dexter (BRVGS AP Biology) and Isaac Hutchison (BRVGS World History) both had weddings in June, so it was a big summer for them.  Big congratulations and best wishes to both of them from BRVGS!


Summer Work for Freshmen that missed Orientation

Summer work packets were mailed out June 26 to all freshmen that missed the Orientation. If you were unable to attend, and have not received your packet yet, please email Terry Levinson, administrative assistant via  If you have received your packet, but have questions regarding the summer reading assignment, please contact your BRVGS World History teacher as per the BRVGS Staff page.


A Successful Year For BRVGS Students and Staff

As the school year comes to a close, we want to congratulate the many Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School students and staff members who have earned achievements, awards, scholarships, and recognitions this year. We are extremely proud of their hard work, commitment to teaching and learning, contributions, and excellence!  A few examples of student and staff accomplishments include:

  • Virginia Burleson - Louisa County High School - Received a full scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Rowan Dell DeRonde - Invited to participate in the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars program Summer Academy at NASA
  • Chynna Hatton - Received George Mason's University Scholar Scholarship, which includes full tuition, a $1,000 stipend, and admittance to the Honors Program.
  • Lauren Haynes - Madison County High School - Received nearly full-tuition scholarship to Drexel University.
  • Aubrey Kinser - William Monroe High School - Received the McDermott Scholarship at the University of Texas at Dallas (an estimated $140,000, which includes full tuition, cohort travel, study abroad, etc). Aubrey is also a National Merit Finalist and received a scholarship of $750 yearly for four years.
  • Hannah Mawyer - Orange County High School - Attending Summer Residential Governor’s School for Math, Science, and Technology.
  • Caleb Snyder - Louisa County High School - Attending Summer Residential Governor's School at Radford this summer.
  • Jesse Stowe - Nelson County High School - Attending Summer Residential Governor’s School NASA program.
  • Kirsten Dexter - William Monroe High School, Biotechnology Teacher - Greene Education Foundation Teacher of the Year Award recipient ($1,000 and awards ceremony recognition).

A fuller list of student and staff accomplishments can be found listed by going to “2011-12 Student/Staff Achievements”.

We also want to acknowledge our BRVGS Seniors for a stellar job on their independent projects, presentations, internships, and Exposition displays and interactions. Judges and visitors alike were impressed with the quality of the projects, and students’ knowledge of their subject matter. Photos of the Senior Expo can be viewed by going to the “Gallery” link on the menu bar above.



BRVGS Senior Exposition

The BRVGS Senior Exposition will be held on Friday, May 11th, at the Taylor Educational Administration Complex at 200 Daliey Dr., Orange VA, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM.   This event is a showcase and celebration for our BRVGS seniors, all of whom have completed an internship, research and community service project on a topic of their choice during their senior year.  Topics this year range from Nanotechnology and Engineering to Music Therapy and Photography.  The event is open to the public.  Please contact BRVGS Director Marc Carraway at or by phone at 434-989-3972 for additional details.  


BRVGS Freshmen Orientation Summer 2012

Parents of incoming BRVGS freshmen students for the 2012-13 school should receive a letter this week or next with details regarding the June 19th BRVGS Freshman Orientation.  The letters were inadvertently sent out without transportation schedules and parent permission forms.  We will be sending out an additional letter with that information, and apologize for any confusion or inconvenience in regard to this.  Please contact BRVGS Director Marc Carraway at, or by phone at 434-989-3972, for any questions regarding the Orientation.  We are looking forward to meeting our incoming freshmen for the 2012 school year!