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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BRVGS Application Now Available

The application for entry in the BRVGS 9th grade class in the 2018-19 school year is now available.  For a downloadable copy in Microsoft Word, please click on "Admissions" and then on "Application" in the navigation bar at the top of this page.  Applications are also available through middle school counseling centers and will be available at local parent information meetings.  Please contact BRVGS Director Marc Carraway at 434-989-3972 or by email at for any questions regarding the BRVGS application process.  


BRVGS Grads Present at JMU

BRVGS class of 2017 students Celia Hines and Samantha Grace Hopkins presented this past Friday at the James Madison University's General Education Conference.  The conference is described on the JMU website as "...designed to recognize the exceptional academic learning experiences our undergraduates have in their general education courses. To participate, a student must be nominated by his or her professor and must have produced outstanding work, whether in the form of an oral presentation, a written essay, a research project, or similar assignment."

Celia and Grace were nominated by Dr. Iona Black of James Madison University to present about their experience in the JMU/BRVGS "Science in The Novel" course that they took as BRVGS seniors in spring of 2017.   Celia is now a student at JMU and Grace is a student at Virginia Tech.  BRVGS is very proud of their success int he course, and of their ongoing success in college!



Links to Back to School Night Video and Presentation

Thanks to everyone who came out on rainy school nights for the Blue Ridge Virtual School Back to School Nights this week!  For those parents unable to attend either of the BRVGS Back-to-School Night presentations, a video of Wednesday's meeting is available by clicking on

Parents can also see the slideshow presentation, with a list of resources with information for preparing students for college on slide # 20, by clicking on BRVGS BTSN Slideshow.

Please contact BRVGS Director Marc Carraway at for any questions regarding the information shared at Back to School Night.  Best wishes to all of our parents and students for a great 2017-18 school year!  



BRVGS Back To School Nights

BRVGS parents and students are invited to attend an informational “Back To School Night” meeting for BRVGS.  We will hold meetings on 2 different nights to give parents a choice of their best date and location.  The meetings are on the following dates, at the locations noted below, and will start at 5:30 PM.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 5th at the Best Western Zion Crossroads (135 Wood Ridge Terrace, Zion Crossroads, VA  22942)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 6th at the PVCC Giuseppe Center (222 Main Street, Stanardsville, VA  22973)

The purpose of the meeting will be:

  • To outline the year’s major activities in each BRVGS course
  • To provide parents with current research and information about how best to prepare their child for the demands of high school and college academics

The meeting will last no more than an hour.  Light snacks will be served. No RSVP is necessary for attendance.   

For those parents unable to attend the meeting, we will be recording the meeting on video and will post that recording on youtube.  A link to that recording will be added to this article after the 6th.  

Please contact us at 434-989-3972 or by email at: with any questions you might have.  


BRVGS Students Enjoy Summer Adventures 

Many BRVGS students spent time away from the books this past summer, enjoying "hands on" adventures in a variety of places.  Highlights for BRVGS students include Zach Heidel's weeklong trip down the James River.  Here's what Zach had to say about the trip: "I recently attended an expedition on the James River. It was a weeklong trip that consisted of canoeing and camping each day. In its entirety, we went about 85 miles on the river. Each night and occasionally while canoeing, we learned about the importance and challenges of conservation. We were able to experience the beauty of the James River while learning about the organisms that live in it and depend on it. Additionally, we learned about the river’s history, even spending one day on a bateau, a large wooden boat once used to transport goods up and down the river. We were able to meet new people, camp for a week, and develop teamwork skills. Overall, it was a fantastic experience that I would recommend to others."  

In a different adventure, BRVGS students Abena Appiah-Ofori, Layla Morris and Toby Craig spent a week exploring history at James Madison's Montpelier.  The students spent time in the field and in the archaeology lab, helping to find, clean and catalogue materials from the area just outside of Madison's home.  As Abena reports, "The interns, supervisors and dierectors were all super friendly and willing to answer any questions we had. I found tons of cool artifacts and learned neat details about archaeology that I never thought about. My favorite part was speaking with the interns throughout the week about applying to college, their university experience and how they discovered that archeology was the career path they wanted to go into."

BRVGS is happy to be able to help our students to have experiences like these.  Students and parents should keep an eye on BRVGS emails and website throughout the school year for opportunities for next summer, or they can inquire with BRVGS Director Marc Carraway at for questions regarding possible summer activities.