Behind the Wheel

Behind the Wheel Driver Education

Gainesville High School

Prince William County Public Schools

Behind the Wheel for the academic school year is completely filled. Summer session dates and times will be announced after spring break. There will not be any early registration requests for those summer sessions. Once released, the sessions will be on a first come first serve basis.

Behind-the-wheel (BTW), in-car instruction is offered as an after-school and summer program at each Prince William County Public High School. The course costs $240 and consists of 14 lessons typically taught in 7 sessions. Half the time is devoted to driving and the other half to observation. The course starts with two days of range driving followed by five days of driving in residential, open, and interstate roadways. The seventh day of instruction also includes the student's road test.

Your teen may begin BTW once classroom driver education is completed or if your teen is currently completing the classroom driver education course at a PWCS high school and has completed at least 10 hours of classroom instruction. The student must have a valid Virginia learner's permit and 10 hours of supervised driving with a licensed parent/guardian driver.


Register online at 

  •  Each school sets its own schedule for BTW instruction. After you register, contact your school's driver education coordinator listed below for available class times and for the next step in the scheduling process.

Mr. Bailey


Gainesville High School

13150 University Blvd, Gainesville, VA 20155


Pay online at" or submit a check or money order to your school's driver education coordinator. Checks should be made out to Prince William County Public Schools. Write your teen's name in the memo field of your check.


The student must:

  • Hold a Virginia learner's permit for 9 months.
  • Successfully complete 36 periods of classroom driver education (or currently enrolled in classroom driver education with 10 hours of completion).
  • Attend your school's parent/teen 90-minute meeting.
  • Complete 14 periods of behind-the-wheel instruction. Visit the DMV website for more information: