- Safety Information
- What to expect
- Graduated Licensing
- Going to The DMV
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 6 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 to take the driver education class. There are academic requirements to apply for a permit or license after finishing the driver education class.
Students should complete and submit a driver education registration form. Once students are assigned to a class, they will be notified to pay the $65.00 fee 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.
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.
To Obtain a Registration Form:
Select--Class Schedules & Online Payments; Class Type; School; Here for form.
Download registration form; complete it and email it to the lead teacher and wait for an email response. Once the class is finalized, an email will be sent with the actual class assigned and payment request. (Please, do not make payment until instructed to do so) by the lead teacher. It may take some time to receive a class assignment because students are assigned to a class by age order and the time the registration form is received. There is a limit of 35 students per class. Students will be assigned to the next available class if the 35-student limit is reached.
Registration forms and payment are required to participate in the Driver Education program. Students will be contacted via email or phone number provided on the registration form for payment requests and class assignments. Once payment is confirmed Lead teacher will receive notification from the online system and you will be ready for class. You will not be confirmed for Driver Education until payment arrangements are confirmed.
DMV representative is scheduled to visit Middle Creek during one of each classroom session to check student’s vision and medications. If a student receives a medical or vision form from a DMV representative to take to your doctor, the student must visit his/her doctor and return the paperwork to the Driver Education department. A student may be required to revisit the DMV representative at school. Students cannot drive until all vision and medical paperwork is completed and signed by DMV representative.
Behind the Wheel Training
Once all classroom requirements are completed, students will be assigned a driving instructor to schedule your behind the wheel driving training. The behind the wheel instructor is responsible for calling and scheduling students to drive. When called, please remember to write down your driving instructor’s name and number, driving schedule, place to meet and to be picked up. You must provide your own transportation to and from driving sessions. All cell phones and any other devices by students MUST BE OFF in the car during driver training. Please be patient as we attempt to drive students as quickly as possible.
For additional information, a message may be left for the lead teacher, who will return the call as soon as possible. You may also visit Jordan Driving School web site at www.jordandriving.com. 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.
Please contact the driver education coordinator at Middle Creek High School, Thomas Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 773-3838 ext. 21892 if you have any questions or concerns that this website cannot answer.