Driver Education

Image of hands on steering wheel with yellow sign on side with caption of Student Driver

Information and Dates for the Fall and Spring Semesters

Fall Semester 2020 – TBA

Fall Session 1 – TBA

Fall Session 2 – TBA


Spring Semester 2021 – TBA

Spring Session 1 – TBA

Spring Session 2 – TBA


Due to the closure of Cumberland County Schools as a result of COVID-19, ALL Driver Education activities have been suspended UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  Once Driver Education classes are resumed, any student who was scheduled to begin the 2020 Spring 2 Session of Driver Education will have to reapply.

The classroom phase of the Driver Education course will be conducted three days per week, immediately after school is dismissed.

The following high schools will meet on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 3:50 until 5:50 p.m.:
Douglas Byrd, Gray’s Creek, Seventy-First, E.E. Smith, and Westover

The following high schools will meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:50 until 5:50 p.m.:
Jack Britt,  Pine Forest, Terry Sanford, and South View.
Cape Fear will meet from 3:55 until 5:55 p.m.

If there is sufficient enrollment driver education classes will be offered once in the Fall and once in the Spring at the following schools:
Cross Creek Early College, Cumberland International Early College, Cumberland Polytechnic High School, Massey Hill Classical High School, and Reid Ross Classical High School.

Upon completion of the 30 hours of classroom instruction, students will be scheduled to complete their 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction.

  • The behind-the-wheel phase will be held after school and on Saturdays.
  • The Driver Education Center will make every effort to schedule students for the behind-the-wheel phase within 3 months of completion of the classroom phase.
  • Students will be scheduled for behind-the-wheel according to age (oldest to youngest) and availability.
  • No absences are allowed for the behind-the-wheel phase.

Important:  When choosing a session consider extracurricular activities (sports practice and games, band, ROTC, etc.). Check the days, times and the dates that driver education will be offered at the school of attendance. Students are expected to attend all class sessions.  Students are not allowed to come in late or leave early.  There are no excused or unexcused absences in driver education.  It is mandated by the State of North Carolina that students attend a minimum of 30 hours of classroom instruction.

Transportation for both phases (classroom and behind-the-wheel) must be provided by the parent.

Students must attend the 30 hours of the classroom phase, complete the 6 hours of behind-the-wheel phase and be 15 years of age before they can apply for a Learners Permit. 

For more information, please visit the Driver Education website.