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 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.  


BRVGS Student Attends CSI Law Camp

Rising Blue Ridge Virtual Governor's School and Goochland High School Junior Morgan Butler was able to attend an exciting "Law and CSI" camp this summer, with the help of BRVGS.  The camp, sponsored by the National Youth Leadership Forum (see, allowed participants to delve deeply into the role of modern forensics in the legal process.  

In her experience in the camp, Morgan reports that she "...was able to partake as the respondent in a mock Supreme Court trial," and additionally, she "...defended a person and was able to push outside of my comfort zone and be the direct, asking our expert witness questions (and we won, which was very cool!)."  She adds,   "I have learned a lot and even sparked an interest in mock trial in college.  During preparing for these mock cases, I was able to collaborate with students from all over the country.  I have truly connected with these people and learned a lot from other motivated students."

Participants also heard directly from trial attorneys and from a former convict exonerated by DNA evidence.  Morgan notes, "I had already had a strong interest and understanding of the Innocence Project before attending this camp but this truly helped me to understand from this perspective how important the Innocence Project is!"

BRVGS students who are interested in pursuing future opportunities such as the NYLF CSI Law Camp should contact BRVGS Director Marc Carraway.  


BRVGS Enrolling NOW for UVa Engineering Course and UVA Health Care Course

This announcement is for any BRVGS students that are planning to take either the UVA Engineering Course or the UVA Health Care Course through BRVGS.

UVA courses officially begin on August 22, but our online professors usually like to start a week or so earlier. You will be contacted as soon as the start dates are set.

There are several important things that we will need for you and your parents to do to get you registered with UVa and BRVGS for the course.  Please read this note very carefully, follow all directions, and let Kristi Bunovich ( know of any questions.

First and most importantly, you and a parent will need to complete an online registration form for UVa. This registration needs to be completed by Monday, Aug. 7th.  Please email me to let me know once you have completed the registration so that we can keep track.  The UVa website with steps for registration and the Online "Permission to Enroll" form can be found by clicking on:  

Second, please complete and return: (You will also be receiving the linked documents in the mail if you are unable to print them yourself.)

  1. UVa Community Scholar Parent Permission to Enroll

  2. BRVGS Student Info Form

  3. An unofficial copy of your high school transcript from your school’s counseling office (counselors can email transcripts directly to me).

Then please scan or send clear photos of the documents to or mail them to


14455 James Madison Highway

Palmyra, VA  22963


Please let us know of any questions in the meantime, and we look forward to working with you in the new school year.


Summer work available for incoming BRVGS 9th graders

We at BRVGS hope that parents and students are enjoying a fun and relaxing summer so far!  As we noted in a letter to parents earlier this spring, incoming students in the 9th grade BRVGS class for the 2017-18 school year will need to complete a summer work packet prior to the start of school.

The packet can be accessed online by clicking on BRVGS World History Summer Work Packet.  Parents can request a paper copy of the packet by contacting BRVGS Administrative Specialist Kristi Bunovich at or at 804-787-0886.

Please contact BRVGS Director Marc Carraway at with any questions regarding the summer work.