• 2021-22 Driver Education Update


    Drivers Ed Part 1:  Classroom Instruction:

    All spring and summer 2021 classes were conducted online through Google Meet.  Drivers Ed for the fall of 2021 are planned to be conducted in-person, in the WHS Media Center, starting in November. 


    • Registration for Drivers Ed takes place through the JDS website, and forms are submitted electronically to wakefielddrivered@gmail.com. Registration forms for 2021-22 will be activated on the Jordan Driving School website in September, and classroom inclusion will be based on submission date.
    • Monthly classroom dates for 2021-22 have not been published yet by Jordan; this will likely happen in September.   
    • Students are placed in classes based on registration date, and families will be notified via email approximately one month in advance. We have had several hundred registration forms for Wakefield alone in 2021, so the waiting time for being placed in a class is lengthy. 
    • The fee for Drivers Ed is $65.00, payable online, and covers both the classroom teaching and the driving instruction. No payment is required until the student receives a roster invitation for a specific month’s class. There is a fee-waiver provision for families who are unable to afford the fee; specific waiver information and forms can be found on the JDS website.
    • Specific dates for Fall 2021 after-school classes will be published on the Jordan website in September. The first monthly class will be held in November 2021.


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

    BTW Instruction started back in 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 currently driving students who took the classroom portion of Drivers Ed in the spring of 2021.
    • 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.


    General Drivers Ed 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 instruction.  Students may take Drivers Ed any time after the age of 14 ½.
    • In order to be eligible for a North Carolina Learner’s Permit, students must have finished both parts (Classroom Instruction and Driving Instruction) of Drivers Ed. 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 scheduled 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 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.
    • 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 should be sent to the Lead Teacher (wakefielddrivered@gmail.com). You may also visit the JDS website at jordandriving.com. On the website you will 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.  Emails to the address above will be answered promptly.


    Edward Tharrington

    WHS Drivers Ed Lead Teacher

    Jordan Driving School




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Ed Tharrington
Jordan Driving School

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