• 2021-22 Driver Education Update

     (updated 4.6.22) 

    Drivers Ed Part 1: Classroom Instruction:

    All WCPSS Drivers Ed classes for the Spring and Summer of 2022 will be taught in person. Specific dates for the Summer classes can be found on the Jordan Driving School website.

    · Summer 2022 registration will take place April 4-15. All registration for Drivers Ed takes place through the JDS website, and forms are submitted electronically to wakefield@jordandriving.com. Classroom rosters will be based on age. Students and parents will be notified of roster placement approximately one month in advance.

    · The two classes for the Spring, 2022 semester have been filled and are not available. Wakefield alone had several hundred registrations in 2021 and 2022, so the waiting time for being placed in a class is lengthy. Any students already registered who did not make it into one of these two spring classes will be pushed to a summer roster.

    · 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 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.


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

    BTW Instruction resumed in July 2020 – after 4 months of no driving – 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 July of 2021. There is approximately a five-six month wait between Classroom instruction and Behind-the-Wheel instruction.

    · Driving instructors will use 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 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 the prerogative of the driving instructor.


    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 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 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.

    · 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 (wakefield@jordandriving.com). You may also visit the JDS website at www.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.


    Edward Tharrington

    WHS Drivers Ed Lead Teacher

    Jordan Driving School wakefield@jordandriving.com



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Jordan Driving School

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