Students in the Kannapolis City School System are scheduled for Driver Education during their freshman year in high school. However, students and their parents may opt for the student to wait until the sophomore or junior year if they choose to. The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles sets the course requirements for Driver Education at a minimum of 30 hours classroom and 12 hours driving (6 hours behind the wheel) for each student. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction sets the fee schedule for Driver Education ($65) and does not permit students to take Driver Education during the school day. Therefore, all classes are taught in either the morning (6:45-7:45am in 2017-18) or the afternoon (3:10-5:10pm in 2017-2018). Missing more than two morning classes or one afternoon class will result in a student being dropped from the class and will have to register for another class. Students with doctor's notes not exceeding three hours will be permitted to make up the time at the end of the class.
Students are assigned to a specific class based on their birthdate (the oldest students in the freshmen class are scheduled first); students are given a window of time upon receiving their class assignment to request a change due to sports practices, work schedules, or transportation issues. The driving portion of the course will be scheduled after a student has successfully passed the classroom portion, has passed the eye exam, and has paid the $65 fee (only cash and money orders are accepted). The driving portion may be before school, after school, or on Saturday. Instructors will work with the students and parents to determine times that work best for the students and instructors.