Driver's Education

  • Driver's Ed Contacts for Willow Spring High School

    Teacher Contact - Alfreda Rhodes


    Driver's Eligibility Certificates - Debra Steffes


    Administration - Eric Burleson

    Email -

    Spring 2023 Registration begins December 12.  Registration for Driver Ed is now done totally online (no submitting registration forms via email).  You must complete a new registration form even if you have already emailed one previously
    The registration window is staggered by using the following timeline:

    15.5 Years of Age & Older on or Before the First Day of Class

    Registration opens on 12/19/22

    15 Years of Age & Older on or Before the First Day of Class

    Registration opens on 12/26/22

    14.5 Years of Age & Older on or Before the First Day of Class Week

    Registration opens on 1/2/22


    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 either 10 days for 3 hours per day or 5 days for 6 hours per day. Students must be able to attend all class sessions for the entire class time to enroll in a class.

    Additional Classes -  For parents who are interested, JDS is planning to offer Saturday/Winter/Spring Break classes.  Visit 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 for the transfer process.

    Class Schedules and Registration Forms -   All class schedules and the registration form can be found at

    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 according to when the class is completed and then by age within the class.  The driving instructor will contact the student’s parent to schedule a driving time.

    Behind-the-Wheel -   BTW lessons will take place approximately 2-4 months after the classroom session concludes.  BTW will be during the day during the summer months and limited to after school, Saturdays, Sundays and no school days 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 the lesson.

    Driver’s Eligibility Certificate -  Driver’s Eligibility Certificates (DEC) are issued by Ms. Steffes in the front office from 7:00am -2:30pm.  It expires within 30 days of receipt.  Do not request the DEC before being scheduled for a DMV appointment. To receive your DEC, you must have the following:

    • Driver's Education Certificate
    • Proof of Residency - Current (within the last 30 days) water, gas, electric bill showing mailing address and service address. 
    • Students must pass 70% of the courses enrolled.  That means having final passing grades in 3 of your 4 previous semester courses.

    Additional Information -  For additional information, you can email the lead teacher, Alfreda Rhodes, at willowsprings@  A return email will be sent in a timely manner.  For general information, email addresses for the lead teachers, specific classroom dates or a list of additional classes that might be available, visit Information about obtaining a NC Learner’s Permit or License can be found on the official DMV webpage.

    FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

    Does WSHS offer Driver’s Ed? - Driver’s Education is contracted by Jordan Driving School (JDS) to teach driver education afterschool and during the day during the summer months at WSHS.

    How often are classes offered? - Classes are usually offered once a month with the exception of September.  They are most often scheduled at the beginning of each month.

    Where and what time are the classes? - For the 2022-2023 school year, classes are taught in Room 2404a.  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  For complete information about the program go to or, which will take you directly to the registration and payment page.

    Is there a contact person for WSHS at Jordan Driving School? - Yes, the lead teacher is Ms. Rhodes.  She can be reached at

    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 2 to 4 months to drive.

    My child has completed both classroom and BTW, now what? - Before you go to the DMV to get your child’s permit, a parent/guardian must get a Driver’s Eligibility Certificate from Debra Steffes in the front office.  This certificate expires within 30 days; therefore, please do not request it more than 30 days before you plan to go to the DMV.  Visit the DMV website for more information.

    What do I need to take to DMV when applying for my 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.