PLEASE NOTE: A student cannot take a Driver Education class until he/she turns 14 years and 6 months old. Only high school students may take Driver Education, unless the student takes the class the summer before going into the ninth grade. 

    All participation in Driver Education is voluntary.  

    JOIN REMIND! Join REMIND to receive important updates and news about Driver Education classes at CHHS. Text the message @chhsdriver to the number 81010.   

    The next Driver Education classes at CHHS will be in May. ONLY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS MAY TAKE THE MAY CLASS. (Students in grade 8 must wait until summer.)

    THE MAY CLASSES ARE FULL. The next Driver Education classes will be held over the summer. The summer DE class schedule will not be available until May. Keep checking back on this page for more information about summer sessions. We are awaiting directives from the county before posting information.

    MAY CLASS: May 3 - 26 (no Saturday or Sunday classes)

      • Class Sessions: 3:30-5:30 pm  or  6:00-8:00 pm
      • Parent Night (mandatory): Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 6:30 pm via Google Meet
      • The link to the virtual Parent Night on April 20th will be on this page on the afternoon of the meeting.
      • READ THE FOLLOWING: A student cannot take a DE class unless both student and parent have attended the REQUIRED Parent/Student Meeting beforehand. The meeting for May Driver Education will be on APRIL 20th at 6:30 p.m.

      Frequently Asked Questions About Driver Education Class:

    1. When will the next virtual Driver Education classes be offered?

    There will be Driver Education classes offered monthly during the months of January, February, March, and May. The classes will meet almost every day (except Saturdays and Sundays) for 17 days, plus an additional day for eye checks by the DMV examiner. The exact dates will be discussed at the mandatory parent meetings which will be held before the start of each of the monthly classes.

    2. How do I sign up for one of the classes?

    There will be a sign-up link on this web page. Classes are limited to 35 students per class. The link will be closed when the class is full. The best way to not miss sign-up is to subscribe to the REMIND app for Driver Education. The REMIND app is free and can be downloaded on most devices. Once you have the app, then you should text @chhsdriver to 81010. You will receive announcements about the exact date and time that the sign-up link will be on this web page.

    3.  When will I pay?

    Payment of $90 is due by the third day of the DE class that your child enrolls in. Do not pay before attending the required parent meeting and confirmation of class enrollment. Payments are being handled through the K12 Payment Center this year, an online portal, where you can pay with a credit card. Information will be shared about payments during the required Parent Meeting.

    4.  Is the Parent Meeting mandatory?

    Yes! Unless the student and a parent/guardian attend the virtual parent meeting on the scheduled day at 6:30 P.M., the student will not be allowed to take the class. There is a good deal of information that both student and parent must know before beginning the Driver Education class, especially now that we are using this new virtual platform. The link to join the virtual parent meetings will be on this web page on the day of the meeting.

    5.  How many days and hours is the Driver Education course?

    Johnston County Public Schools requires 33 hours of coursework, 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training, and a 4-hour "Alive@25" course in order for a student to obtain a Certificate of Completion. We will spend 17 days in virtual Driver Education and will have one day added for eye checks by DMV. The actual driving takes place after the student completes the online coursework. All the details will be discussed at the assigned Parent Meeting.

    6.  What are the times for the virtual classes?

     There will be two classes each afternoon. Each student will be placed in one of these time slots. Each class can hold 35 students.

    • 3:30 to 5:30
    • 6:00 to 8:00

    You will have the opportunity to choose your first choice when you pre-register. Keep in mind that each class only takes 35 students, so you may have to be flexible.

    7.  Do I have to attend the live class session each day at the time slot I choose or am assigned to?

    Yes! Driver Education class is facilitated by a certified Driver Education instructor. Attendance will be taken and students must actively participate in the course and complete all assignments and quizzes for each day. Students have a certain lesson and/or module that they will learn with the DE instructor during the two hours each day. Absences are not allowed. If the student cannot commit to all 18 days of the online course, then the student should wait until another time to take Driver Education.


     The cost of a Driver Education class (including Alive@25) is $90 (cash, check, or money order payable to "CHHS.") Other logistics and pertinent information for each class will be covered with parents and students at the parent/student meeting.


    "ALIVE@25" Dates ($25 for course)

    Email Mrs. Pinkowski to sign up for an Alive@25 class if all you need is this course (i.e., you took your DE class privately or in another state). Students who enroll in DE at CHHS will automatically be placed in the Alive@25 course.


     Students, you may stop by Mrs. Pink's room at CHHS (room 311) if you have questions, or email Mrs. Pink: shellypinkowski@johnston.k12.nc.us