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Driver Education Update -Apex High


September 18, 2020, Driver Education Update- Apex High School


o   On the website you will find class schedules and registration form for the class. 

o  Registration Forms MUST BE scanned and returned via email to  Forms are not being accepted at the school location.

o   Students are placed in a class based on age, with the oldest students given priority.  The fee is $65.00, payable online, and covers the classroom and the BTW lessons.  The certificate of completion is provided at the conclusion of BTW.

Registration/Classroom Information: 

To be eligible for class, you must be 14 years and 6 months old on or before the day the class starts!

A registration form is available online at  Please legibly complete the form in black or blue ink and return the registration form  via email to   After the registration form is submitted the Lead Teacher will assign the class and email students of the class and all other information needed for the class.

Online payment is the preferred method of payment and the easiest payment process.  The Driver Education Program cost is $65.

Go online at and pay by credit card or gift card. Please select the correct school and class to pay for.


Other options are: 

o   Mail in your certified check or money order to 101 Timber Pointe Lane, Garner, NC 27529. Please include a completed registration form with your payment. No personal checks please!  

NOTE:  When making a payment via mail, please allow 2 to 4 weeks for processing. Your registration forms will be forwarded to the appropriate person.



BTW has started back as of July 13 with a reduced workforce and we will proceed as scheduled prior to the closure.  We will work through each class session based on age within the class, oldest to youngest.  As you all know, this situation has compromised everyone's typical schedules and processes.

o   We are currently working with February classroom students and then will proceed through the original rosters that were completed remotely during May, June, July, and August.  The process is expected to take some time, especially with the advent of "school day hours" and time requirements.  

o   Sometimes a younger student is scheduled prior to an older one due to answering the phone/email or general availability for a time-sensitive schedule.  If you have a phone setting that does not allow your phone to ring with an unrecognized number, you might want to turn it off.  

o   Each driver has been trained on safety protocols and has specific directions to follow that are not negotiable.

Applicable DMV Information 

o   If your child has a valid Driving Eligibility Certificate (DEC) issued by their school that was dated between Feb. 9, 2020, and March 10, 2020, that certificate will be accepted by the Division of Motor Vehicles for up to 30 days after all DMV offices have been reopened.

o   The DEC can be issued to you via the Student Services Offices by appointment only.  Refer to the school’s homepage for the process on how to get the DEC form.  




Contact Information

Please contact the driver education coordinator at Apex High School, Mr. Leary at or (919) 387-2208 ext. 27239 if you have any questions or concerns that this website cannot answer. 

Basic information: 

Wake County public, private and homeschool students must be at least 14 years, 6 months old to take a Driver Education class. Students are required to complete 30 hours in the driver education classroom and 6 hours behind the wheel and 6 hours of observation instruction. Driver education classes are scheduled after school throughout the school year, and during the summer. Behind the wheel driving is conducted after school between 2:30 pm and 8:30 pm, and from 6:30 am until 8:30 pm on Saturdays and (Sundays as approved), during the summer and any other time students are out of school. Students are contacted to do their BTW (behind the wheel) driving training by age, oldest called first, after completing the classroom phase of driver education. Upon completion of Driver Education, students will receive a Driver Education Certificate. Wake County Public School System will provide the Driver Education Program at a cost of $65.

Driver Education Classroom Sessions:

Classes are scheduled monthly from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM for 10 days.  Students MUST attend every class session in order to pass the class.


Classroom Regulations:

1.    You must attend and successfully complete the entire 30 hours of classroom instructions.  If you miss more than one class instruction unexcused, you will be dropped from the class and will not be refunded fees.

2.    You are expected to follow the WCPSS guidelines. Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in removal from the class. Any student removed for disciplinary reasons may not take Driver Education through the school system again and the fee will not be refunded.

3.    You should each day have a pen (black or blue), pencils, paper, access to the internet and a laptop,tablet or desktop computer. 

4.    All cell phones and any other devices by students MUST BE OFF in the class and in the car during driver education training.


Classroom Confirmation:

The registration form and payment are required to participate in the Driver Education program. Students will be contacted via email provided on the registration form for class assignment.


Driver Education Classroom Schedule:

Driver education classes are scheduled on a monthly basis as needed. Please reference the driver education class schedule at for classes during the school year and summer class sessions.


Eye Examination

DMV representative is scheduled to visit Apex High School during each classroom session to check student’s vision.  If a student receives a medical or vision form from a DMV representative to take to your doctor, the student must visit his/her doctor and return paperwork to Mr. Leary via email.  Students may be required to revisit with the  DMV representative at school to confirm vision paperwork. Students cannot drive until all vision and medical paperwork is completed and signed by a DMV representative.

Behind the Wheel Training

Once all classroom requirements are completed, students will be assigned a driving instructor to schedule behind the wheel driving training. The behind the wheel instructor is responsible for calling/emailing and scheduling students to drive. When emailed/called, please remember to write down your driving instructor’s name and number, driving schedule, place to meet and to be picked up. You must provide your own transportation to and from driving sessions. All cell phones and any other devices by students MUST BE OFF in the car during driver training. Please be patient as we attempt to drive students as quickly as possible.

Driver Eligibility Certificate

Students are required by the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle and dropout prevention services to pass at least 3 of 4 classes per semester at AHS to obtain a Driver Eligibility Certificate. This form is needed to obtain or maintain a learner’s permit or a driver license. You may take driver education without meeting the 3 of 4 passing requirement; however, you will not satisfy the driver eligibility rules until you pass 3 of 4 classes for the semester (meaning you will not get your permit). Driver’s Eligibility Certificates are validated by the Registrar at AHS. Once validated, the Driver’s Eligibility Certificate is only good for 30 days. You must bring your certificate from the driving school, your birth certificate, and your last semester report card in order to get your Driver's Eligibility Certificate.  Also, you should have a confirmed appointment at the NCDMV before coming to student services.   REFER TO THE SCHOOL HOMEPAGE ON THE PROCESS OF OBTAINING THE DEC FORM.

Other Questions and Concerns

Please visit the Jordan Driving School website  for additional information or the NCDMV website for driver license information.