Driver's Education

  • UPDATE: Summer Registration 2022

    Please know that SUMMER REGISTRATION is currently CLOSED for Driver Education Summer 2022 courses. WE ARE NOT TAKING ANY REGISTRATION FORMS FOR FALL 2022. Students who have submitted forms during previous registration periods but did not receive an assignment will need to resubmit a registration form. Students who have received a class assignment confirmation email should make payments by the deadline date in the confirmation email; Please review the class assignment email for payment procedures. Visit for information on Fall 2022 registration; registration information should be posted between late August and early September.

    Behind The Wheel training has seen a substantial decline in the wait time for students. We are down from 26 weeks to 8 - 12 week wait from the completion date of your class portion of the course. We are currently contacting and driving students from March 2022 class in order of oldest to youngest students. The current wait time for Behind The Wheel instruction at Athens Drive is 10 - 14 weeks once a student completes the classroom portion of the course. Please know that students and/or their parents/guardians may select to use Private Driving Schools if you prefer. If this is your decision, please visit to start the process. 


    Summer Registration 2022

    Registration Intake Dates April 11 - May 11
    Class Dates: July 11 - 15
    1. Scan & Submit Registration Form 21-22 Driver Ed Registration Form via email to Coach Ray (
    2. Spring Classes will be In-Person in Athens (Rm: 2924)
    3. Students must be at least 14.5 yrs of age at the time of registration.
    4. visit for more information and details. 
    5. Please contact Coach Ray via email with any questions or concerns. 
    *Please keep in mind that older students are given first priority. 
  • Driver Education

    The goal of the Wake County Public School System and its driver education contractor, Jordan Driving School (JDS), is to provide a quality driver education program to all students in a safe and timely manner. The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind-the-wheel training. The average time to complete the Driver Education class, from registration through the classroom and driving phases, is four months. Students wanting their permits by age 15 must register on or before the age of 14 years, eight months. Students with extracurricular activities or jobs may take longer due to conflicts with scheduling driver education.

    There are no academic requirements in order to take the driver education class. There are academic requirements in order to apply for a permit or license after finishing the driver education class.

    Students should complete and submit a registration form. Once students are assigned to a class, they will be notified to pay the $65.00 fee in order to finalize their registration. Students that are dismissed from driver education class due to behavior or attendance problems will not be allowed to take driver education a second time through the Wake County Public School System.

    Parents are highly encouraged to attend a parent-teen meeting, held on the last day of the classroom session for driver education students. This meeting will inform parents and students of behind-the-wheel procedures and provide best practices for parents teaching teens to drive.  Attending parents will receive a Parent-Teen Driver Training Manual and DVD designed to give parents proper driving techniques and lessons, to help themselves and their teen, during Phase 1 of graduated licensing.

    Registration information

    You must be 14½ years of age for the required 30-hour classroom portion. Driver Education is offered through a private contractor, Jordan Driving School, after school hours, Saturdays, holiday breaks and during summer months. Driver Education is offered to each eligible student residing within Wake County, who pays a $65 fee to register for a class. A lead teacher at each of the WCPSS high schools is assigned to administer the Driver Education program.

    Additional information

    For additional information, a message may be left for the lead teacher, who will return the call as soon as possible. You may also call Jordan Driving School, or visit their web site at On the website you will find general information, email addresses for the lead teachers, specific classroom dates and a list of additional classes that might be available. For Behind the Wheel questions or information specific to your school, contact your lead teacher.