About Driver's Ed

Welcome to West Johnston's Driver Education Program

For Information regarding Driver Education, please contact   Chris Lee (


    Driver Education

                    ***Classes during school year 2016-2017***

To be eligible for any class, a student must be at least 14 ½ years old by the registration date of the class he/she is planning to attend. REGISTRATION will take place at the Parent/Student Meeting for each class.



Summer Classes Parent/Student Mtg. May 25th (This is to register for either June or July classes) Student must be born on or before November 24, 2002 to be eligible for the summer classes. Payment for BOTH summer classes (June and July) are due by June 23rd!!!!! Bring money June 19th-23rd. July payment bring to front office. Class 6- June 19,20,21,22,23,26,27,28,29. Alive @ 25 June 28th Class 7- July 17,18,19,20,24,25,26,27,31. Alive @ 25 July 27th Class A 7:30-11:30 am Class B 11:30-3:30 pm *Important* WE WILL ONLY HAVE ONE CLASS IN JULY (7:30-11:30 AM JULY 17-31). REMEMBER TO HAVE PAYMENT IN BY JUNE 23RD TO BE ABLE TO ATTEND JULY CLASS !!!!! **All parent meetings will begin at 6:30 pm in the WJHS Cafeteria.

                Following the guidelines set forth by the Johnston County School Board of Education, all students preparing to take Driver Education must attend a mandatory Parent/Student meeting prior to entering the class.  A parent or legal guardian must attend this meeting with their child.  The meetings for all classes will be held in the WJHS cafeteria, on the Thursday night from 6:30-8:00 PM, in most cases. Please check class schedules prior to each class prior to the start date of the class. Registration will take place at the Required Parent/Student Meeting.  NO PRE-REGISTRATION.

The following topics will be covered at the required Parent/Student meeting.

  • Driver Education Guidelines
  • Driver Education Forms
  • N.C. Graduated License Law
  •  “Drive to Live”

                 It is recommended that a student enroll in a class when he turns 14 ½ years old to prevent delays in receiving his/her permit.  Only high school students are eligible to attend. (During the summer session, 8th grade students being promoted to 9th grade are eligible to attend summer classes.)               

                Classes 1-5 will begin at 2:40 pm and end at 5:40 pm each day.

                Total cost of Driver Education is $90.  (Driver Education: $65 and A@25: $25)  Make check payable to West Johnston High School.

                The dates are tentative and may be subject to change in order to reflect changes that may occur to the county school calendar.

                Any transportation issues to or from classes are the responsibility of the parents or guardians.

*Note:  Although scheduled (and unscheduled) events have caused some classes to appear  to have more meeting dates than others, the overall curriculum time/days for all classes are the same.

                              General Information

The West Johnston High School Driver Education program provides experience to help the students to use the automobile safely, efficiently, and effectively.  The purpose is to provide driving skills for life. We provide a thirty-three hour classroom phase, a four hour Alive @ 25 class, and a six hour driving phase.

                    Our thirty-three hour classroom instructional phase uses the Drive Right text and NC Handbook. The class discussions and videos provide time for students to deal with driver behaviors such as reaction time, sight, effects alcohol and drugs, rules of the road, laws of physics, driving skills and attitudes.  Our class encourages parents to become involved with the program from the beginning with a mandatory Parent/Student meeting.  We have a NC Highway Patrolman, Parent who have lost a student, and a representative NC Department of Insurance to speak with the parents and the students at the meeting.

                    North Carolina Guidelines require the Driver Education program to give instruction on the rights of the handicapped and the signs and symbols used to assist the handicapped, to spend six hours on the offense of driving while impaired and on how alcohol and drugs affect teen drivers, one hour on motorcycle awareness, and six hours of actual driving experience.

                    Our four-hour Alive at @ 25 Class developed by the National Safety Council stresses making our world safer through their defensive driving course. It is a personal look at the student’s life.  They do lessons on “Why students their age take so many risks,” “ How to take control whether they are the driver or  a passenger,” “ The consequences of making poor judgments or unnecessary risks in a car,”  and “Recognizing positive characteristics that will help you make wise driving choices,”  etc.           

                    Our instructional objectives for the six-hour automobile phase are to enable the students to prepare the car and its occupants for a safe and comfortable trip, to start the car, accelerate smoothly and safely, start car on an upgrade and down grade, maintain proper car position in required lanes, make safe turns, come to a normal safe stop, back up safely, prevent a skid, drive safely in urban area and open country, entering traffic without interfering with other vehicles, change lanes, approach an intersection safely, safely make right and left turns, negotiate hills and curves safely, perform a U-turn and three-point and two point turns, safely cross railroad crossings, drive safely during weather conditions that limit visibility and negotiate off-road recovery.

                    Because the automobile remains such an important component in our changing society, we encourage our youth to drive using quality standards.  Our teachers give each student excellent information on how to develop the knowledge, skills and the proper attitude to become a safe and responsible driver.


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