• DRIVER ED. UPDATES (as of May 12, 2024)


    Summer 2024 Driver Education Update

    Drivers Ed Part 1:  Classroom Instruction:

    All Wakefield Drivers Ed classes for Summer 2024 have been filled.  Information concerning Fall 2024 classes is below.    

    • Registration for Fall 2024 DE classes will open for Wakefield High School in approximately late August or early September.  JDS will establish a precise timeline for this process and will publicize that schedule this summer.  Monthly classes will be offered in October, November, and December. 
    • Sign-up is done entirely online; there are no physical forms to submit.  All DE registration is done on a first come, first serve basis.  Students may only register for Drivers Ed at their base high school. 
    • The fee for Drivers Ed is $65.00, payable online, and covers both the classroom teaching and the driving instruction. No payment should be made until the student completes the registration for and is accepted into a specific month’s class.  When the registration for a particular class is completed, families will receive an email with payment instructions.  There is a fee-waiver provision for families who are unable to afford the fee; specific information and forms can be found on the JDS site (jordandriving.com).  No cash or check payments will be accepted.


    Drivers Ed Part 2:  Behind-the-Wheel Instruction:

    Students are driven according to the month they took the classroom portion.    Jordan is currently driving students from October and November 2023 classes.  There is currently an approximate 5-month gap between Parts 1 and 2 of  Drivers Ed.

    • Driving instructors will contact the family initially by phone, using the phone numbers that were provided on the initial registration form.  Instructors will want to speak with a parent.
    • Each driving instructor has been trained in health and safety protocols and has specific directions to follow that are not negotiable.  When you are called for BTW, the instructor will go over these with you.


    General Drivers Ed Information:

    • For a teen to enter the Graduated Licensing process, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires 30 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction – that is, completion of both Parts of Drivers Ed.  Teens must be at least 14 ½ years old by the first day of the class that they are registered for.
    • To be eligible for a North Carolina Level 1 Learner’s Permit, students must have finished both parts (Classroom Instruction and Driving Instruction) of Drivers Ed and be between the ages of 14.5 and 18.  When a student finishes only the Classroom Instruction portion, Drivers Ed is not over.
    • The Classroom portion of Drivers Ed occurs first.  Upon completion of Part 1, the student will be automatically placed in line for Part 2: Behind-The-Wheel training, which will be conducted at the school which the student attends.  When both Instruction Parts are completed, the student will be given a Drivers Ed Completion Certificate, and the licensing process can begin at the DMV.
    • There are no academic requirements to take the Driver Education class. There are specific academic requirements to apply for a permit or license at the NC DMV after finishing the class.
    • Drivers Ed is an extracurricular activity; it is not part of the regular school day, nor is any academic credit given.  Jordan Driving School has a contract with WCPSS to provide Drivers Education outside of school hours.  Classroom instruction takes place after 2:30 on weekdays during the school year; driving instruction may also be provided on weekends, holidays, summer breaks, and other non-school days. 
    • Under North Carolina law, only citizens under the age of 18 are required to take Drivers Education.  If the student is over or nearly 18 years old, please contact Mr. Tharrington directly.
    • For additional information, an email should be sent to the Lead Teacher (wakefield@jordandriving.com).  You may also visit the JDS website to find general information, email addresses for 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 directly.


    Edward Tharrington

    Lead Teacher for Wakefield, Millbrook, NWCCA, Thales, and NRCA

    Jordan Driving School


Contact Mr. Tharrington

Need more information about Driver's Ed at Wakefield?
Ed Tharrington
Jordan Driving School

Sign up for Driver Ed

Go to jordandriving.com for current class offerings and to register. For other questions, contact the lead Driver Education teacher at your school.