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.


Please note there are no classes held on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays.  Sessions below are for students who received their learner's permit no later than April 30, 2018.  

Dates & Times Registration Deadline

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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

During the School Year:

Monday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Call ahead when FCPS is closed due to inclement weather.

Summer Hours:

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Program Staff

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