DRIVER ED. UPDATES (as of August 15, 2023)
Driver's Ed Contacts for Willow Spring High School
Teacher Contact - Alfreda Rhodes
Driver's Eligibility Certificates - Debra Steffes
Administration - Noland Hicks
Wake County Driver Education - The goal of 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.
Driver Education – The Basics - Based on North Carolina Law, any person under the age of 18 years of age must complete 30 hours of Driver Education class instruction and 6 hours of Behind the Wheel (BTW) training to obtain a permit or license. Driver Education classes will be scheduled throughout the year. After-school classes are 10 days, from 2:30 to 5:30. Summer classes are usually 5 days, from 8am to 2pm. Students must attend all class sessions.
Additional Classes - For parents who are interested, JDS is planning to offer Saturday/Winter/Spring Break classes. Visit www.jordandriving.com for details.
Private Driving School Instruction - Students & parents can still seek private driving school instruction for either/both portions (classroom and BTW) of driver education, please click on https://jordandriving.com/in-and-out-transfers/ for the transfer process.
Class Schedules and Registration Forms - All class schedules and registration forms can be found at https://jordandriving.com/willow-springs-high-school/. Registration will be done ONLINE only. Emailed forms will not be accepted. All registrations are done ONLINE only. Each class will automatically close once 35 students have registered and paid the $65 fee. Classes will be held in Room 1404 from 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm. Make sure you can attend all class sessions before registering.
All Spring 2024 classes at WSHS are currently full.
Summer 2024 Classes
WSHS will have 4 summer 2024 sessions. Actual dates will be posted here: https://jordandriving.com/willow-spring-high-school/
In mid-March with registration going live 1-2 weeks after the dates are posted. There will be approximately 120 available seats for summer.
Behind the Wheel
We are currently contacting and driving students from the August 2023 classes with the oldest students in the class receiving priority. At this pace, we should start driving the October 2023 class in the March/April timeframe.
Students and their parents/guardians may use a Private Driving school for Behind the Wheel. If this is your desire, please visit https://jordandriving.com/in-and-out-transfers/ to start the process.
Dismissal from Class - 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.
What’s Next? Once students have successfully completed the classroom portion of driver education, Ms. Rhodes will place students on a waiting list for driving. Students will be driven by class in age order. The driving instructor will contact the student’s parent to schedule driving times.
Behind-the-Wheel - BTW (driving) lessons will take place approximately 3-4 months after the classroom session concludes. BTW will be during the day during the summer months and no school days and limited to after school, Saturdays, Sundays during the school year. Once BTW concludes, the student will be issued a Driver’s Education Certificate. Please review it carefully for correct spelling and all other information BEFORE you leave.
Driver’s Eligibility Certificate - Driver’s Eligibility Certificates (DEC) are issued by Ms. Steffies in the front office. It expires within 30 days of receipt. Make sure you are scheduled to go to DMV within that timeframe. To receive your DEC, you must have the following:
1. Driver's Education Certificate 2. Proof of Residency - Current (within the last 30 days) water, gas, electric bill showing mailing address and service address. 3. Students must pass 70% of the courses enrolled.
ALL THREE ITEMS ARE REQUIRED IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A COMPLETED DRIVER'S ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATE.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
Does WSHS offer Driver’s Ed? - Driver’s Education is contracted by Jordan Driving School (JDS) to teach driver education after school and during the day during the summer months.
How often are classes offered? - Classes are usually offered once a month with the exception of September and January. They are most often scheduled at the beginning of each month. Check for updates on specific classroom dates and a list of additional classes that might be available at jordandriving.com.
Where and what time are the classes? - Classes are taught in the media center. Classes are taught from 2:30-5:30 pm during the school year for 10 days. In the summer, classes are taught from 8am-2pm for 5 days.
How does my child sign up for Driver’s Ed? - All registration happens through the Jordan Driving website at jordandriving.com. For complete information about the program go to www.jordandriving.com or https://jordandriving.com/willow-springs-high-school/, which will take you directly to the registration and payment page.
Is there a contact person for WSHS at Jordan Driving School? - Yes, the driver education coordinator is Ms. Rhodes. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Can I take Driver’s Ed from a company other than Jordan Driving School? - Yes, you are welcome to use an accredited private driving school for the classroom and/or behind the wheel portion(s).
My child has completed the classroom part of driver’s ed, now what? - Students will be placed on a waiting list for driving. The driving instructor will contact the parent/guardian when ready to schedule driving time. It takes anywhere from 3 to 4 months to drive.
What do I need to take to DMV when applying for my NC Learner’s Permit?
· Driver’s Education Certificate
· Driver’s Eligibility Certificate
· Two forms of identity: the most common ones are Social Security Card and the Original Birth Certificate. (See NC Driver Handbook for other options)
Where can I go to study for the DMV Permit Test? - Go to your Apple Store or Play Store and download a NC DMV Permit Test app. You may also use your chromebook/laptop/ desktop to search for a practice test. There’s also a Spanish version. Practice during your leisure time before going to apply for your permit.