Driver Education

Subject Area
High School

The classroom driver education course is offered as part of Grade 10 health education curriculum and is taught during the first semester.

Driver Education-Classroom Theory provides students with current information and techniques for novice drivers and the basics of motor vehicle operation. The course focuses on the following topics: Licensing Responsibilities; Preparing to Operate a Vehicle; Important Functions and Relationships of Visual Perception and Driving; Using Space Management System While Interacting with Traffic; Navigating Roadways; Sharing the Road; Distracted Driving; Alcohol; Adverse Conditions and Evasive Maneuvers; Vehicle Systems & Handling Heavy Vehicles; and Driver Responsibilities-Making Informed Choices.

When a student successfully completes Driver Education-Classroom Theory, and has secured a learner's permit, they may register for Behind-the-Wheel, which is offered at each high school. Students would typically:

  • Obtain a valid Virginia learner's permit from the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on or after reaching 15 years and 6 months of age.
  • Complete and pass classroom theory driver education during the 10th grade. Upon successful completion, the student will receive a green card (DEC-1) and become eligible for Behind-the-Wheel driver education instruction.


Please note:

  • A payment of $210.00 dollars is required for this class.
  • Students will be taught during their study block or after school.
  • A temporary driver's license (TDL-180) will be issued to students when all items below have been satisfied:
    • Successful completion of classroom driver education.
    • Submission of a completed parent permission slip.
    • Successfully complete the 7-8 days of BTW instruction.
    • Pass the in-car road test.
    • Submission of a completed 45 hour driving log.
    • Possess a valid Virginia learner's permit for 9 months.
    • Student must be 16 years and 3 months of age to be licensed.