• Driver Education

    The goal of the 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. The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind-the-wheel training. The average time to complete the Driver Education class, from registration through the classroom and driving phases, is four months. Students wanting their permits by age 15 must register on or before the age of 14 years, eight months. Students with extracurricular activities or jobs may take longer due to conflicts with scheduling driver education.

    There are no academic requirements in order to take the driver education class. There are academic requirements in order to apply for a permit or license after finishing the driver education class.

    Students should complete and submit a registration form. Once students are assigned to a class, they will be notified to pay the $65.00 fee in order to finalize their registration. 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.

    Parents are highly encouraged to attend a parent-teen meeting, held on the last day of the classroom session for driver education students. This meeting will inform parents and students of behind-the-wheel procedures and provide best practices for parents teaching teens to drive.  Attending parents will receive a Parent-Teen Driver Training Manual and DVD designed to give parents proper driving techniques and lessons, to help themselves and their teen, during Phase 1 of graduated licensing.

    Registration information

    You must be 14½ years of age for the required 30-hour classroom portion. Driver Education is offered through a private contractor, Jordan Driving School, after school hours, Saturdays, holiday breaks and during summer months. Driver Education is offered to each eligible student residing within Wake County, who pays a $65 fee to register for a class. A lead teacher at each of the WCPSS high schools is assigned to administer the Driver Education program.

    Additional information

    For additional information, a message may be left for the lead teacher, who will return the call as soon as possible. You may also call Jordan Driving School, or visit their web site at www.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.

    JULY 11th 2020
    On Monday July 13th, the Behind the Wheel Training for Driver Education will resume with Jordan Driving School. This past week, Behind the Wheel teachers went through COVID-19 safety training and cleaning protocol for driver education cars. Please read the following guidelines for driving sessions:
    1. Mask/Face Coverings are required during BTW.
    2. Student's temperature will be checked by the BTW teacher each day before they get into the DE car.
    3. If students are showing any signs of illness before there BTW session they should contact the BTW teacher immediately to reschedule.
    4. Students are ASKED to bring HAND SANITIZER with them each day during their BTW session. HAND SANITIZER will be available if student does not have this during their BTW session. The BTW TEACHER and student will use HAND SANITIZER before getting into the DE CAR.
    5. DE cars will be cleaned/disinfecting each time a student finishes their BTW session. The steering column, E-brake, door handles, dash area, and seat belt release will be the main areas that will be cleaned and disinfecting.
    6. BTW teachers will practice  6 ft. social distancing while instructing outside of the vehicle and when conversing with parents.
    7. BTW teachers will take their own temperature and review health questions prior to reporting to work.
    8. BTW teachers are allowed to teach ONE STUDENT during each session if parents agree to that teaching arrangement. 
    Parent/Guardian(s) must:
    Take student's temperature prior to attending BTW session:
    If temperature is 100.4 or less and they answer to ALL health questions are "NO," the student may attend the session. If the temperature is 100.5 or above and/or they answer to ANY health question is "YES" the student CAN NOT attend the session. 
    SIGNS OF ILLNESS: FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS, CHILLS, ACHING, NAUSEA. HEADACHE, COUGH, SHORTNESS of BREATH. THE MAIN GOAL during the Behind The Wheel part of Driver Education is SAFETY and making sure everybody STAYS HEALTHY!





    Email ddress: rwheeler2@wcpss.net

    Cell phone: 919-618-1652

Sign up for Driver Ed

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