Drivers Education Classes

Drivers education in Durham Public Schools is a state-funded program to help students learn to drive safely and with confidence. Completion of the course also allows a student to earn a level two provisional license according to the North Carolina graduated license law. 

There are some changes to the DPS driver education program for this upcoming school year!   Each of our high schools will use the “lottery” for students to be in a classroom driver education session. 

The cost of the class will be $45.  Due to the fact there have been a large number of returned checks – you may pay the $45 by “money order” that is made out to “Durham Public Schools” or $45 in cash – no checks will be accepted. The $45 is paid on the first day of class! 


Spring Classroom Schedule 

Jordan High School
driver education classroom will start on March 20th
Class time – 6:30 – 8:30am  Monday  thru  Friday for 3 weeks
Lottery sign up will be March 13 – 14 (8:00 – 8:30am) in front lobby

Voyager Academy
driver education classroom will start on March 22nd – end on April 11th.
Class time will be 6:30 – 8:30 am
Lottery sign up will be on March 14th – 8:00 – 8:30 in school’s front lobby

Durham School of the Arts
driver education class will start on April 25 – May 12th
Class time – 4:30 – 6:30 pm
NO sign up necessary to be in this class 


Summer Classroom Schedule

  • All Classes will meet from 8:00 - 12:00pm
  • Monday thru Thursday with no class on Friday for 2 weeks 
Exception will be Durham Academy - 8:00 - 11:00pm
Students need to bring $45 cash or a $45 money order made out to "Durham Public Schools" on the first day of class.
Hillside High School
June 19-28 & July 17-27
Sign up May 15 & May 16 in the front lobby - 8:00 - 8:45am
Northern High School
July 10-21
Class meets in V-1, no sign up needed
Jordan High School
June 19-29 & July 24 - August 3
Class meets in cafeteria, no sign up needed
Durham Academy
June 12-23 - 8:00 - 11:00am
Sign up May 20, 9:00-12:00pm at D.A. upper school auditorium
Southern High School
June 19-29
No sign up needed
June 19-29 & July 17-27
Class meets in cafeteria, no sign up needed


Students must be:

  • at least 14 ½ years old and under the age of 18
  • enrolled in  a public, private, charter, or home school
  • eligible to receive an driver eligibility certificate 

Students who have failed two or more courses the previous semester are not eligible.



NOTE: If you do not see any classes listed, the classes have not been set yet.  Please check back periodically.

Drivers Ed School Contacts

David Roberson, district contact
  J. D. Clement Early College    Charles Phipps    
  Hillside High   Susan Clements    
  Jordan High   Kim Annas   
  Northern High   Shannon Parsons    
  Southern High  Wayne Howell
  City of Medicine   Keith Longmire    
  Riverside High   Mike Whitfield        
 Durham School of the Arts  Chad Aharon
 Voyager Academy Thomas Hanchey
 Durham Academy Charles Phipps