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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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.


BRVGS Students Journey to Galapagos!

A group of ten BRVGS students and several adults had an amazing experience in late June, traveling to Quito, Ecuador, and then on to the Galapagos Islands.  The group toured Quito for a day, seeing the changing of the Guard at the Ecuadorean Presidental Palace in the city center, and also visiting the Mitad Del Mundo ("Middle of the World") at the Equator.

After touring Quito, the group boarded a plane for the Galapagos Islands, landing first on Baltra Island, then taking boats to Santa Cruz Island and then to Isabella, the largest island in the archipelago.  The group toured several islands over the week (Isabella, Santa Cruz and San Cristobal) and saw amazing landscapes and wildlife that included giant tortoises, marine iguanas, warm-water penguins, blue footed boobies, sea lions and sea turtles, as well as many of the birds first made famous by Charles Darwin.  Students also snorkeled with sea turtles and tropical fish and toured the Charles Darwin Research Station. 

After returning to Quito from the Galapagos, the group ventured into the Andes Mountains, where they visited local markets, met indigenous peoples and saw a local religious festival.  The group was able to experience a wide variety of culture, food, scenery and language throughout the 9-day journey, and many characterized this as a "life-changing" trip.

To see pictures from this amazing journey, click on BRVGS Galapagos Photos.  


BRVGS Summer AP Biology Prep Camp

BRVGS will be holding a free, one-day summer AP Biology Prep Camp for students of the BRVGS class of 2021 at the Best Western Zion Crossroads, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Thursday, July 12th. 

Attendance at the camp is NOT required for BRVGS students.  This is a voluntary activity for students who wish to be as prepared as possible for the upcoming BRVGS AP Biology course.  Topics for the day will include an introduction to basic chemistry concepts, a review of statistical analysis processes used in the study of Biology, and help on any questions from the AP Bio Summer Work Packet.   

Parents and students must register in advance for the camp by completing the form found by clicking on BRVGS AP Biology Summer Prep amp Registration (you can also reach the form by copying this link into your browser: - please note that students MUST register no later than Monday, June 25th.

There are a limited number of slots available, so students will be accepted in order of submission for registration.  There is no cost for the day, but parents are responsible for transporting students to and from Best Western.  Students will be served a pizza lunch.  Please inform us of any student food allergies, etc., on the registration form.  You can contact BRVGS at with any questions regarding the BRVGS AP Biology Prep Camp.