• Latest Drivers Ed Information for WHS Students


    2020-21 Driver Education Update



    BTW started back in mid-July 2020 with a reduced work force. We are working through each classroom section based on age within the class, oldest to youngest. Clearly, the shutdown changed our typical schedules and processes.

    • We are driving students who took the classroom portion of Drivers Ed over the summer.  
    • Driving instructors will use the phone numbers that were provided on the initial registration form. Instructors will generally want to speak with a parent.
    • Students within a particular classroom section will be driven in reverse order of age.
    • Each driving instructor has been trained on health 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.  Masks and temperature-taking will be mandatory.



    Classroom Sessions:

    We completed 2020 summer and fall scheduled sessions through online instruction.  All spring 2021 classes will be conducted online as well.

    • Registration for Fall 2020 began in mid-September, with monthly online classes starting in October. You can see specific dates and capacities for these classes on the JDS website. Classroom dates for 2021 have been scheduled through May 2021.
    • Registration for Drivers Ed classrooms takes place through the JDS website, and forms are submitted electronically. Forms can be sent in anytime, and classroom inclusion is based on submission date.
    • Students are placed in classes based on submission date, and families will be notified via email several weeks in advance. We have had over 200 registration forms for Wakefield alone since September, so it will take several months of classes to schedule everyone.  The fee is $65.00, payable online, and covers both the classroom teaching and the driving instruction. The certificate of Drivers Ed completion is provided at the conclusion of BTW.


    Applicable DMV Information:

    • In order 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 training.  Students may take Drivers Ed any time after the age of 14 ½.
    • There are no academic requirements in order to take the Driver Education class. There are specific DMV academic requirements in order to apply for a permit or license after finishing the class.
    • Jordan Driving School has a contract with WCPSS to provide Drivers Education outside of school hours. Instruction will be provided during afternoons, weekends, and holidays.  Drivers Ed is not part of the regular school day, nor is any academic credit given.
    • Students and parents should complete and submit a registration form, found on the JDS website. Once students are assigned to a class, they will be notified via email, and then parents will need to pay the $65.00 fee in order to finalize their registration. The $65 fee covers both the Classroom and the Behind-The-Wheel instruction.
    • The Classroom portion of Drivers Ed occurs first. Upon completion of this, the student will be automatically scheduled for Behind-The-Wheel training, which will be conducted at the secondary school which the student attends.  When both types of instruction are completed, the student will be given a Drivers Ed Completion Certificate, and the licensing process can begin at the DMV.
    • Under North Carolina law, only students under the age of 18 are required to take Drivers Education. If the student is over or near this age, please contact the Lead Teacher directly.
    • For additional information, an email may be sent to the Lead Teacher. You may also visit the JDS website at 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.


    Edward Tharrington

    WHS Drivers Ed Lead Teacher

    Jordan Driving School





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Ed Tharrington
Jordan Driving School

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Contact the lead Driver Education teacher at your school. Check the main office for registration forms.