Cuthbertson High School Online Driver Education Site

Union County Public Schools offers a Driver Education program. Each UCPS Driver Education course involves 30 hours of online classroom work via Canvas modules and a minimum of 12 hours
of Behind the Wheel instruction in the vehicle (6 hours driving and 6 hours observing). Enrollment is open to any student who attends high school* within UCPS's school district and meets the eligibility requirements. All students who attend high school* whether private, public, charter, or home school in Union County are also eligible for UCPS’s Driver Education Program. (Union Academy will train charter, private, and home school students.)
UCPS’s Driver Education (DE) Course Enrollment and Registration Information:

In order to be eligible to enroll in UCPS’s Driver Education program, an individual must meet the following requirements:

  • Attending a high school* whether public, private, charter, or home school within Union County.

  • Be 14 ½ on the first day of class. A student over 18 who attends school in Union County is eligible for the classroom portion but must secure a Learner’s Permit from DMV before they are eligible to complete the driving portion of the class.

  • Have not previously enrolled in the UCPS Driver Education program. Students who have dropped out of school or who have enrolled in driver education previously or did not take the class for which they were enrolled are not eligible for these classes without special consideration and permission from UCPS’s Driver Education Coordinator.


If the student lives in Union County, but attends school outside the county, the student is NOT eligible to receive Driver Education instructional (classroom and behind-the-wheel) training in Union County Public Schools.  This includes public (high school and middle school), private, charter, and home schools.


*Middle School students ARE eligible to take Driver Education as long as they are the legal age (14 ½ on the first day of class).

Families/students may also contact a private company at their own expense.

UCPS’s Driver Education Course Registration is completed online and is a two-step process. There is a $65 registration fee that is due when registering for UCPS Driver Education class. Please read all online registration directions completely. There are registration date parameters and capacity restrictions. Enrollment in the online course may be limited due to the number of students waiting to for the Behind the Wheel portion of Driver Ed. Students that attend a Union County Public School may only register for the Driver Education course for the school they are enrolled and attend (Ex. A student enrolled at SVHS may only register and take Driver Ed through SVHS). Students that attend a private, charter, and home school in Union County may only register for “Other” or “Union Academy” if applicable. If any school/site has reached registration-capacity, another school/site cannot be chosen.



December 2018 Driver Ed session for Cuthbertson HS only: The course will open on December 11, 2018 and will remain open until January 4, 2019. This course-session is self-paced; access to sequential modules will open as the student passes module quizzes with a score of an 80. Students must complete all modules before taking the final face-to-face exam. Module 8 requires printing of documents as well as completing of forms and securing parent/guardian signatures. The final exam and eye screening will be given on January 8, 2019 at 3:00 PM in Cuthbertson High School's media center. Retakes will be on January 9, 2019 at 3:00 PM for those not passing the final exam (with a minimum score of an 80) on January 8th; no eye screening will be offered on January 9th. Registration (2-step process with $65 fee) opens: November 13, 2018 at 8:00 AM. Registration suggestion: Complete registration on a computer; not on a "Smart" device. Registration closes once capacity is reached. Registration is limited to the first 30 students who attend CHS, and who pay and register for the course, and who are or will be 15 1/2 years of age by December 11, 2018 (first day of class). Click here to register for the December course

Online Driver Education Registration Information:

All registration questions should be directed to

Lisa Thompson 

email: driver.ed@ucps.k12.nc.us 


Online Registration (suggestion: complete on a computer, not on a smart device):

Click here to begin registration process


The course is offered online via Canvas and is around 3 weeks in length. It will take around 30 hours to complete. Students must have access to the Internet to take the online course.

Modules will be completed outside of the school day.

There are 8 modules that open every few days, but not on weekends or holidays.


Online Driver Ed Canvas Course Information:
Online course questions should be directed to the instructor, Brian Pitoniak 
brian.pitoniak@ucps.k12.nc.us,
inside of Canvas using the Inbox on the left.

Read all Announcements as they have important information.





Exam Information
At the end of the coursework, there is a face-to-face 
100-question exam and eye check given at C.H.S.

Glasses or wear contact lenses, if applicable
Completed and signed Exit Letter
800 Form and parent letter  (NC Restricted Instruction Permit)

Behind The Wheel Instruction Information

After passing the final exam and eye check, students will be scheduled for behind-the-wheel training. This is determined by date of birth and when the student passes their final exam. Older students will be contacted first. Students will be contacted by a driving instructor via phone call or text.

Questions about the final exam and driving instruction 
should be directed to the lead instructor at the school:
Dean Dreibelbis
704-296-0105