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 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!


Applications Open for Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) Program

Over the past several years, a number of BRVGS students have participated an amazing program of study in space-related topics offered through five Virginia colleges and NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. This opportunity is now available for application by this year's juniors and seniors.

To quote from the VASTS website, "The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) 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."

To see a video about VASTS produced by Choe Hellerman, a BRVGS/Nelson student who recently participated in the program, click on: VASTS Informational Video.  This video will tell you about the program and the application process.  You can see more info regarding the application at:

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




Welcome To The New School Year!

Once again, it seems like summer has flown by, and we find ourselves at the start of a new school year in BRVGS.  We will have a record number of students again, and will be the largest part-day Governor's School program in Virginia for the first time.  We are looking forward to meeting our new students and to working again with our returning 10th, 11th and 12th graders.  Please keep an eye out here for more info soon on upcoming events and for BRVGS's first-ever virtual "Back to School Night", and best wishes to everyone for a great start to the school year!  


BRVGS AP Biology Bootcamp Videos

We have posted videos for all the sessions from the BRVGS AP Bio Bootcamp.  It will be helpful for students to watch and review the concepts.  You can find them all here as well as all our videos on the BRVGS Youtube channel.