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.

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14455 James Madison Hwy. Palmyra, Va 22963

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BRVGS Student Helps Others Cope with Grief

Tuyet Chuong, a senior at William Monroe High School and in the Blue Ridge Virtual Governor's School held a "strategies for coping with loss and grief" seminar at the high school this January, helping those who have a lost a loved one to cancer.  She has been volunteering at the Orange County Free Clinic and shadowed a pediatric oncology nurse at UVA for her 30 hour internship.  Her research question explores both new treatments in oncology and wrestles with the ethical question of WHEN (at what age) a child is ready to make their OWN decisions regarding treatment.   Tuyet states that her community service and legacy were meaningful because "it allowed me to help not only people that need help, but also make a difference in people's lives.  I wanted to help students at WMHS with issues they face struggling with coping with a death of a loved one who has cancer.  I just want to make a difference in people's lives at the end of the day."  She has done an amazing job in her research, community service, and internship and we are very proud of her!


BRVGS Student Goes to Washington!

How can a high school junior get close enough to see how the politics REALLY work at the national level?  For BRVGS/Nelson junior Sinead Nardi-White, upcoming service as a United States Senate Page for Virginia Senator Tim Kaine will be her window into the halls of power in Washington.   One of only 30 students from different states to be selected to this competitive appointment, Sinead will serve as page from January 28th June 8th of this year.

 According to Sinead, her duties will include “...delivering correspondence and legislative material throughout the US Capitol and Congressional offices, preparing the Senate Chamber for session, and working in the Senate chamber while the Senate is in session (assisting staff members and senators of my sponsoring senator's party).” Despite all these duties, school must go on - pages attend the Senate Page School from 6:00 AM to 9:45 AM each day as they live and work in Washington.

Sinead is “...excited to participate in this program because I will be directly witnessing what most people only get to read about on the news, like the government shutdown and the State of the Union, which are sure to be interesting to observe in the current political climate.”  This is an rare opportunity and tremendous achievement for Sinead, and BRVGS is proud of her appointment as a United States Senate Page!


Lots of news for the New Year in BRVGS!

Although the weather has provided a cold and uneven start to the first few days of the 2018 spring semester, there is still a lot going on with BRVGS.  Here are a few things worth noting as we get the new year under way:

  • Over the next few weeks, BRVGS will be working with students in the classes of 2019 to share online course opportunities for the 2018-19 chool year.  Parents and students should be on the lookout for the BRVGS Program of Studies and registration info for courses soon.

  • Congratulations to the Goochland and Fluvanna South America “Virtual Museum” website team - they won the BRVGS “Museum Madness” website contest than ran over the holidays.  The team will treat their classes to pizza or doughnut parties (their choice!) in the next couple of weeks.  You can see the winning site at:

  • BRVGS/Madison County High School senior Claudia Gohn was featured as the CBS 19 Newsplex “Student Athlete of  the Week” in the last week of December.  Like many BRVGS students, Claudia is as accomplished outside of the classroom as she is in school!  You can see an article and news video on Claudia’s accomplishments at:

  • BRVGS/William Monroe junior Tim Chochran is one of 3 state finalists for the Virginia Voice of Democracy audio essay contest.  As a finalist, Tim is guaranteed a scholarship award of at least $500.  The winner will be announced at a banquet later in January.

  • BRVGS member districts received over 300 applications for entry into the BRVGS class of 2022.  The prior record number of applicants was 288.  Big thanks go out to all of the counselors and administrators who have managed the application process in their local school districts!


In addition to the news above, BRVGS will be kicking off spring projects at field trips in most classes over the next several weeks.  We are looking forward to a great start to 2018, and to working with parents, students and staff in the new year!  



Please vote in the BRVGS "Museum Madness" contest!

As a conclusion to the BRVGS 9th grade 1st semester World History "virtual museum" website project, we have been conducting a "Museum Madness" contest for the sites produced by our students. The first two rounds of voting by BRVGS students have determined two finalists. We are holding public voting (as well as BRVGS student and staff voting) through the holidays to determine a winner, and invite you to cast your votes.  

To see the two finalist sites and to cast your vote, please click on the BRVGS "Museum Madness" Public Voting Form 

The final winner will be determined by combined total scores from both the BRVGS voting AND public voting.  The classes of the winning site will receive a pizza or doughnut party (their choice).  Winners will be announced on January 8th, when everyone is back in school.  ALL voting must be completed by January 7th.

To see all of the amazing "virtual museum" sites, please click on: BRVGS Virtual Museum Site Links.  We are very proud of all of our students' efforts on their first big BRVGS project.  Thanks for voting, and we wish everyone a happy holiday!  


BRVGS Students Lead Outside the Classroom

On November 25th over 100 equestrians came together to join the Bull Run Hunt (Mitchells, Va) in their annual Junior Meet, where young riders are “given the reins” to lead the foxhunt.  This year, out of all the juniors present, three were chosen to lead the groups of riders called “flights”.  All three just so happen to be BRVGS students as well as accomplished equestrians! Autumn Rogers (OCHS 2018), Newlin Humphrey (FCHS 2018), and Nika Ackenbom (FCHS 2021).


From Newlin Humphrey:

It was a huge honor to lead first flight at the Bull Run Hunt Junior Meet. Though I have hunted before, I learned so much more about fox hunting and got to see some of Virginia's most beautiful land along the way. The meet was fantastic and I think everyone who came had a blast. I was thrilled to see so many juniors out and it gives me hope that the tradition of fox hunting will continue into the future. Bull Run is a wonderful group of people and it was also an honor to represent the club at Warrenton Horse Show in the hunt teams and hunt pairs classes as well as at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

Balancing riding, FFA, 4-H, IEA, music, and school can be very difficult at times but the tactic that has helped me the most has been prioritizing what I need to do and staying focused. BRVGS has taught me how to stay on top of all of my schoolwork all while still being able to put forth 110% into my other activities.


From Autumn Rogers:

I have had to balance my schoolwork with my riding. It's not easy! Horses take up a good 2-3 hours per day. In order to complete all of my school work, I have to use each minute of my day wisely. I use my lunch as a study hall and work instead of socializing to give me free time to ride.

Today I am able to ride almost anything. I even have a Southwest Spanish Mustang that I have trained to perform many tasks such as fox hunting, a traditional horseback sport, originating from Europe. I am a member of the Bull Run Hunt Club. This past weekend was the annual Junior Meet, where children under 18 are allowed to take charge of their group, ask questions, and ultimately learn to love the sport. The adults chose a responsible junior member to lead alongside the normal staff for each flight. I got to lead 2nd flight, a group that is able to walk, trot, and canter but no jumping. 2nd flight is slower than 1st but also faster than 3rd.

In September and October of each year, there are horse shows that recognize and test the skills of each hunt club. This year I was fortunate enough to be asked to represent Bull Run Hunt and  compete in the National Horse Show’s Hunt Night in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It was nerve-racking but I was super excited. I worked for weeks to prepare! I rode in the “35 and Under” class. I was one of the youngest riders there. I went in the ring determined not to embarrass myself or my hunt club. My course was not perfect but it was consistent and pleasant. I won my class and because of the win, I was also awarded “Leading Lady Rider”. With the points I had earned added to the points my team had won, Bull Run Hunt was reserve champion for the night.