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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BRVGS Students Take Part in STEM Challenge

On Saturday, October 20, 5 BRVGS students - Dezyire Alexander (Orange), Zach Heidel (Louisa), Sarah Lacy (Nelson), Tristan Montero (Fluvanna), and Jenna Valesquez (Greene) - woke up bright and early to travel to Roanoke Valley Governor's School for Science and Technology for the annual Shelly STEM Challenge.

Students from eight Governor’s Schools across Virginia got together and did a great job solving an industry challenge involving stormwater management and remediation, organized and sponsored by a local engineering firm (Burns & McDonnell).  

Our students represented BRVGS very well! While this event was about problem-solving and overcoming challenges in a group, the firm did award gift cards to the judge’s top two teams, with Jenna’s team placing first, and Dezyire’s team placing 2nd. BRVGS is proud of all of the students who took part in this amazing competition!


A Student's Experience at the ACLU Summer Advocacy Institute 

By: Abena Sekum Appiah-Ofori, BRVGS Class of 2019

I recently got back from Washington DC where I joined 850 other teens from all around the country for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Summer Advocacy Institute. It was a really amazing experience and I wanted to let you know what we did during the week.

My favorite part of the entire Institute was getting a chance to meet teens from all around the country who have a passion for social justice. It's always nice to know that the future of civil liberties is strong, fearless, and intersectional. The program included seminars and panel sessions with lawyers, journalists, and professors who specialize in civil rights, immigration rights and more. We got to choose interactive electives to attend each day and my favorite one was where we learned about Implicit Bias, Policing, and the School to Prison Pipeline.  We also had a video seminar with Edward Snowden where he spoke to us about privacy in the digital age and what it means to say dissent is patriotic. 

We stayed at the Washington DC Hilton Hotel during our panel and seminar sessions but we also visited a ton of places around the city. We went to The National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery as well as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Korea War Veterans Memorial. We also toured Howard University, American University, George Washington University and Georgetown University. 

Towards the end of the week, we had a seminar on the  Zero Tolerance Policy from the Trump Administration that resulted in over 2,000 children being separated from their families. We were then informed that we would be meeting with our senators to advocate for separated families. We got together with our state group, there were 22 other teens from VA, and planned out what we would say to Tim Kaine while advocating for immigration rights. On the last day, each state group went to speak with their representatives. The Virginia group briefly met Tim Kaine before he went on his lunch break and we spoke to his office on the importance of bringing transparency and accountability to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and reuniting the separated families. 

After everyone spoke to their senators on family separation we had a rally on Capitol Hill, wrapping up the week with a day of actions and great memories. I have been able to gain exposure to a wide range of constitutional rights issues that I wasn't aware existed and I had the opportunity to interact with ACLU staff through lectures and classroom discussions that immersed me in the world of government, policy advocacy, and legal decision making. Thank you all who supported me to be able to attend the Institute!


Applications Open for Virginia Earth Systems Science Scholars (VESSS) Program

Over the past several years, a number of BRVGS students have participated in an amazing program of study in space-related topics offered through five Virginia colleges and NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. A similiar opportunity is now avialable that focuses on Earth System Science (Biosphere, Hydrosphere, Atmosphere, and Lithosphere).  This opportunity is now available for application by this year's juniors and seniors.

To quote from the VESSS website, "The Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) program is an interactive on-line science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) in Hampton, Va. Students selected to participate in the program are immersed in NASA-related research through interaction with scientists, engineers and technologists."

Applications to the VASTS program are due by November 11th.

You can see more info regarding the application HERE and learn more about the VESSS program HERE.



BRVGS Application and Parent Information Nights

The application for admission to Blue Ridge Virtual Governor's School for the 2019-20 school year will be available starting Monday, October 1st.  Paper copies of the BRVGS application will be available in counseling centers in the Middle Schools of each of our member counties.  In addition, an electronic version of the application will be available on our website, beginning October 1st, and can be reached by clicking on "Admissions" in the navigation bar at the top of this page.

BRVGS Director Marc Carraway will be visiting each school system for parent information meetings, in which he will share information about BRVGS and the application process.  Applications will be available at those meetings. Scheduled meeting locations and times are: 

  • Fluvanna High School Library: Oct. 24th at 7:00 PM
  • Goochland High School Auditorium: Oct. 4th at 6:30 PM
  • Greene - William Monroe Middle School Library Oct. 22nd at 6:30 PM
  • Louisa Middle School Auditorium: Oct. 9th at 6:30 PM
  • Madison - Wetsel Middle School Library: Oct. 2nd at 6:00 PM
  • Nelson Middle School Library: Oct 16th at 6:00 PM
  • Orange - Locust Grove Middle School: October 8th at 6:00 PM
  • Orange - Prospect Heights Middle School: Oct 11th at 6:00 PM

Students will need to get three teacher/educator recommendations for the application.  Completed applications and recommendations will be due to counseling centers or designated individuals in your school system by Friday, November 16th. 

Please contact your local Middle School Counseling Center or BRVGS Director Marc Carraway at or at 434-989-3972 for any questions regarding the BRVGS application.


Back To School Video and Handbook Form

BRVGS is happy to welcome parents and student back for the 2018-19 school year! We hope that the start of the year is going well for everyone.  With the new year getting under way, we have a couple of important things to share:

The first is that BRVGS will not hold an "in-person" Back to School Night meeting this year.  Issues of scheduling and distance have always made this a difficult event for many of our parents. Instead of a face-to-face meeting, therefore, we have produced an informational Back To School Video that provides important information for the upcoming year.  You can view the BRVGS Back to School video by clicking here. You can also find the link in a news article on our website at

Second, parents and students need to review the BRVGS Student/Parent Handbook (click here) for the 2018-19 school year.  After reviewing the Handbook, parents AND students will need to complete and submit the BRVGS Handbook Signature Form (click here) and by September 7th.  Please make sure to click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the form once it has been completed.  Parents will be able to provide input on future course planning for BRVGS On the Handbook Signature Form and can also update their contact information.  

Please feel free to contact us with any questions by using the “contact us” button on our website.  Again, best wishes for a great new school year to all of our parents and students!