Cherokee County Schools

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Cherokee County School's Driver's Education Program

District Coordinator:

Dane Rickett:


Logan Clonts:

Micheal Higdon:


  • Students are charged a flat rate of $65.00 per student.  
  • If a student qualifies for Reduced Lunch the fee is $32.50.  
  • If a student qualifies for FREE Lunch then there is no fee charged.
  • Either completion of form indicating student receives Free and Reduced Lunch Eligibility or a check rendered to Cherokee County Schools must be provided before the DE instructor provides the six hours of behind the wheel driving instruction.
  • Students attending a private school, homeschool, or charter school NOT in Cherokee County will submit a fee of $365.00
  • If Free or Reduced eligibility cannot be verified by homeschool, charter school, or private school students, the $365.00 fee should be submitted.
Requirements / Eligibility
In order to be eligible to participate in this program, a student:
  • Must be a resident of Cherokee County
  • Must be at least 14 1/2 years of age
  • Must attend public school, private school, or home school
Step 1 - Online Course-  The CCS Driver's Education program is initiated by the completion of an online course.  You may access the online Driver's Education course at the following link:
  • The student will access the online course website and will complete the log in and registration process as directed; 
  • An automated email will be generated and sent to the Driver’s Education instructor; 
  • The Driver’s Education instructor will verify that the student is a resident of Cherokee County and will then grant access to the online course; 
  • The Driver’s Education instructor will be notified when a student has successfully completed the online course.

Step 2- Eye Exam- – Following the completion of the online course, the student must pass an eye examination administered by the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. A student cannot receive a legal “Restricted Instruction Permit” nor will they be allowed to complete the required six (6) hours of driver training with the Driver’s Education instructor unless they successfully pass the eye exam. This test will be periodically scheduled throughout the school year.  

Step 3- Documentation- Following the completion of the online course and successful completion of the eye exam, a student will be required to complete the necessary paperwork which will allow the student to begin the required six (6) hours of driver training.

  • The “Restricted Instructional Permit” must be completed by the student and their parent / guardian. 
  • The “Parent Permission Form” must be completed by the student and their parent / guardian.

Step 4- Driver Training- – Students are scheduled to drive in the order that they return their completed documentation. The six (6) hours of driver training includes four 1 ½ hour basic lessons:

  • 4-lane driving; 
  • Residential driving and right / left side turns; 
  • Rural / shopping center driving and review;  
  • Town driving and 3-point turns.
Upon successful completion of driver training, a student will be issued the necessary paperwork from the Driver Education program to take to the DMV to receive their permit. This paperwork includes the “Driver’s Education Certificate” and the “North Carolina Driving Eligibility Certificate.” The latter form verifies that a student has passed at least 70 % of their classes during the previous semester. 

Losing Your Driver's License

In North Carolina, students under 18 can lose their driver's license if they:

  • Drop out of school;
  • Fail to make adequate progress;
  • Commit certain offenses resulting in suspension.

Dropout Prevention/Driver's License Legislation

North Carolina House Bill 769 became effective December 1, 1997 and reflects a coordinated statewide effort to motivate and encourage students to complete high school. This legislation requires that a student's driving permit or license be revoked if a student is unable to maintain adequate progress or drops out of school. Adequate progress is defined as passing 70% of all courses and is determined by first semester grades and second semester grades for schools on block scheduling. For schools on a traditional six-period day schedule, grades are determined by first semester grades and end-of-year grades.

In rare cases, there may be circumstances beyond the control of the student or his/her parents that qualify as a hardship. If a hardship exists, the student may request a waiver. If the waiver is granted, the student would not be affected by the legislation. Hardship cases are rare and are reserved for extreme situations. Hardship Review forms can be downloaded and printed from theforms list on this site.

Lose Control, Lose Your License Legislation

North Carolina Senate Bill 57, which became effective July 1, 2000, requires that a student's driving permit or license be revoked for one year if a student is given a suspension for more than 10 consecutive days or an assignment to an alternative educational setting for more than 10 consecutive days for one of the following reasons:

  1. The possession or sale of an alcoholic beverage or an illegal controlled substance on school property.
  2. The possession or use on school property of a weapon or firearm that resulted in disciplinary action under G.S. 115C-391 (d1) or that could have resulted in that disciplinary action if the conduct had occurred in a public school.
  3. The physical assault on a teacher or other school personnel on school property.

School property is the physical premises of the school, school buses, or other vehicles under the school's control or contract and that are used to transport students, and school-sponsored or school-related activities that occur on or off the physical premises of the school. Students who are at least 14 years old or who were rising 8th graders on or after July 1, 2000, are subject to this law. Students who were issued a NC driver's permit or license before December 1, 1997, or students who are 18 years old cannot be charged under this law.

Unlike the "Dropout Prevention/Driver's License" law that only affects students under the age of 18, the "Lose Control" law does not stop at age 18. It is possible for a student to have his or her license suspended as a 17-and-a-half-year-old and not be eligible to drive for a full calendar year, reaching 18-and-a-half before again being eligible to drive.