school contact: Beth McCullough
Executive Director of Secondary Programs & Communications
The classwork sessions of a Driver Education program on the Chatham Charter campus have operated under the umbrella of the program in Chatham County Schools since 2013. In October of 2015 Chatham County Schools began to contract with the North Carolina Driving School to run its program. The current state budget includes Driver Education funding so students enrolled at Chatham Charter, regardless of their county of residence, are accounted for in the funding received from the state. This means all age-eligible Chatham Charter students can take the program through Chatham County Schools. There is no cost to take the state-required 30-hour course or to complete the six-hour, in-car driving portion of Driver Education. Students are welcome to take this program or through a private company.
School administration works with the North Carolina Driving School in an effort to offer an October-November or January-February class and a May class depending on the number of eligible students who pre-enroll. Updates will be posted on this webpage. Non-Chatham Charter students who are Chatham County residents or who are enrolled in a school in the county can take the classes offered at Chatham Charter.
The state requires that a young person be 14.5 years old on or by the first day of the class. The total seat time for the classwork is 30 hours. The school hopes to offer two each school year: one winter (during "zero period" (mornings) and two Saturdays) and one the week after the last student day in May. Letters will be sent home with eligible students in advance inviting them to register for the class.
If a student chooses to take a Driver Education class at a Chatham County high school, use this link to see scheduled classes and how to register. (This is not done through Chatham Charter.)
Students must drive an additional six hours at a later time in order to complete the program. The NC Driving School handles this part of the program. Once students have completed the bookwork portion of Driver Education, if several months have passed and the student has not been called to drive, all questions about driving dates should be directed to the NC Driving School, not to Chatham Charter staff.
Upon completion of the driving portion of Driver Education, the Chatham Charter student can bring his/her certificate and request the final paperwork from Cathy Fields that, once signed by her and a parent, allows the student to go to the local driving license office.
Classes On Hold
Classes aren't being offered in Chatham County right now. Chatham Charter will communicate with students and families as updates are available.
Chatham Charter students who are eligible for the first time will be notified in writing. Other eligible students who attend school (including home schools in Chatham County) should register for the course through Mrs. McCullough.
Class Supply List:
certified copy of birth certificate
black ink pen
legal pad or three-ring binder with loose leaf paper
Driver Education & Driver Eligibility Overview