Driver Education




CLASSROOM DRIVER EDUCATION is offered at all Albemarle County High Schools as part of Health II classroom course, which is taken in 10th grade.  Students are encouraged to attend all sessions of the 36-hour driver's education instruction.  Driver Education is not included in the Virtual Health II course.  Virtual Health II students can register for Summer Classroom Driver Education through the Open Doors website, or contact Mrs. Waters-Wicks for information regarding online options. Driver Education is administered by Karen Waters-Wicks, Community Education Coordinator.  For more information, contact her office at 434-975-9450, or visit our Open Doors page and click on Driver Education. ​

PARENT SEMINARS are offered at Albemarle, Monticello, and Western Albemarle High School. Attendance of this 90-minute informational training session by a parent or guardian is mandated by the DMV in order to complete the Driver Education requirement for licensure under the age of 18.  Topics covered include Virginia traffic law, licensing, coaching, and insuring teen drivers. Due to COVID19, please view our Virtual Parent Seminar, and complete the google form on the last slide to notify us of your compliance with this requirement.

BEHIND-THE-WHEEL (IN-CAR) DRIVER TRAINING FOR TEENS will be offered in the morning from 7:30-8:30 am and in the afternoon from 4:00-6:00 pm weekdays throughout the school year.  *During daylight savings classes will be held 1 hr. instead of 2 hrs.  Please visit the link shown on the drop down menu at left to view schedules for each school. Cancellations or delays due to inclement weather will be shown on this page.  Generally, if school is  delayed or cancelled due to inclement weather, Behind the Wheel instruction is delayed or cancelled as well.  Students will be notified directly of any exceptions to this rule. Tuition is $275.00, and is payable in installments. Payment must be paid in full prior to licensure, and a $50.00 deposit is required to reserve a seat.  Changes and/or cancellations are accepted two weeks prior to the class start date, less a $25.00 administrative fee.  There are no refunds for cancellations within two weeks of the start date of the class.  Scholarships are available--please contact our office for details.

Weather policy:  When school is closed there is no in-car instruction. If school is delayed 1 or 2 hrs., morning class will be delayed 1 or 2 hrs. BTW which is scheduled during study hall is cancelled if study hall is not held due to a modified schedule, and resumes during the next full study hall class period. Any afternoon cancellations will be announced at the end of the day. If school closes early: no BTW.  (School closings: 296-5886 or check County web page at

To register for behind-the-wheel training, students must:

  1. Possess their learner's permit;
  2. Have completed or at least started the 36 hour classroom;
  3. Have completed the RECOMMENDED 15-20 hours parent-supervised driving;
  4. ​​​​Have a parent or guardian attend the 90-minute Parent Seminar for Teen Drivers
  5. Pay the Range fee or deposit;
  6. Submit a completed registration form & parent permission form with a copy of their permit.

To be eligible for the permanent license students must:

• Be 16 years and 3 months of age, complete & hand in 45 hr. driving log,
• Have held learner's permit for nine months,
• Have completed the 36 period classroom, and have had a parent or guardian attend the 90 minute Parent Seminar,
• Passed the behind-the-wheel course, and be paid in full.

Visit for more details on licensing and practice tests