Environmental Health & Safety
The goal of the Orange School System (OCS) Driver Education Program is to provide a quality driver education experience to all students in a safe and timely manner. The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind-the-wheel training.
Driver Education is available to all students between 14½ and 18, who are registered in public school, private school, charter schools and a licensed home school within Orange County, NC.
The Driver Education program is managed by Buddy Hartley, Coordinator, with a highly qualified staff conducting the classroom and behind the wheel phase.
The state allotment for Driver Education continues to dwindle; therefore Orange County Schools charges a $40 fee per student. This helps us maintain a safe and serviceable fleet of cars and pay qualified instructor salaries. The fee also helps offset the volatility of fuel prices. Forty dollars will be collected during the classroom phase. Failure to complete the registered course will result in forfeiture of the $40 fee. A student re-enrolling will still have to pay the $40 fee to register. A student who is suspended for disciplinary action from the Driver Education class will not be refunded the fee nor allowed to re-enroll in another class at a later date.
Driver Education Coordinator
500 Orange High School Road
If you have questions, you can reach Mr. Hartley at
919-732-6133 Ext. #20911
Additional Driver Education Information
Behind the Wheel
Going to DMV
Student and Parent Resources
Driver Education Staff
Vehicle Injury Prevention for a Very Important Person (VIP for a VIP)
Click HERE to see images from the 2012 accident re-enactment presented during the VIP for a VIP program at Orange High School. Volunteers who present the program hope that, at the end of the day, students will have a realistic picture of what can happen as a result of one moment of inattention. It's not just driving while impaired, it's also sending that quick text message, partying in the car, aggressive driving, and other distractions that set in motion a horrifying, irreversible chain of events.