Driver Education

Our program has been state certified since 1971. We are part of Frederick County Public Schools and therefore our program is nonprofit. We offer in-car sessions throughout the year subject to the availability of instructors.

Students practice skills on an excellent driving range with all new vehicles. Thanks to Jim Stutzman Chevrolet for their generous support of our program through GM's driver education program. On the range, instructors and students use transceiver communications to and from each vehicle. Our instructors are state licensed, knowledgeable and caring.

A student under 18 years of age must complete state-approved Classroom and Behind-the-Wheel driver education programs and hold a Virginia learner's permit for at least nine months in order to obtain a driver's license.


Sessions below are for students who received their learner's permit no later than February 28, 2018.

Dates & Times Registration Deadline
August 20 - 28, 2018

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
If there are still openings, the deadline to register for this session is August 16, 2018(It is possible for the class to become full before the registration deadline.)

September 2018


The September classes will be for students that have had a learner's permit since at least March 31, 2018.



Payment must be made by money order or a cashier's check made payable to Dowell J. Howard Center.

* All fees are reviewed and set annually by the Frederick County School Board and are subject to change by the Board.


540-662-8997 ext. 41406

Registration Information

Registration Hours


June 18 - July 27, 2018
Monday - Thursday
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday - CLOSED

During the School Year:
M-Th: 12:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Closed from 5:00-5:30 p.m.
Fri: until at least 4:00 p.m.
Closed occasionally from 4:00-4:30 p.m. & 6:00-6:30 p.m.

Call ahead for extended Friday hours and when FCPS are closed due to inclement weather.

Program Staff

John Maphis, Coordinator
Ed Keenan, Co-coordinator
Tim Combs, Co-coordinator
Teresa Mullins, Secretary 
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