Driver’s Education and Transportation

Bus Riders

Students can ride their district school bus from their home to their district school. An HCEC shuttle bus will bring students from each district high school to HCEC.  Morning buses arrive in time for classes to begin promptly at 8:00 AM. Please use this form for any bus transportation requests BUS

Car Riders

Parents/guardians may choose to drive students to campus. Morning supervision is provided from 7:45-8:05 AM. School begins promptly at 8:05 AM and is dismissed at 2:38 PM.  Afternoon supervision for car riders is available until 2:45 PM.

If student transportation is different from normal arrangements, parents are responsible for providing a note that explains the change. This information will be filed in the main office for future reference for attendance purposes.


Early College students participate in Driver’s Education at their base high schools. Please contact your base high school for further information. You may also visit Online Driver’s Education Course and Mountain Professionals Driving School for further information.

Online Driver’s Education
The online driver’s education course is open to students in the WRESA service area, including the following counties: Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey.

Students must be in grades 9-12 and 14.5 years of age before enrolling in this course. Once a student has registered for a class, they will receive an email within 2-5 business days containing instructions on how to enroll in the classroom portion. An instructor will monitor progress and be available to assist with questions.

Cost: $60 (payments made through PayPal/credit card at time of registration).
Note: the registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable, so please be sure the student can complete the requirements during the times for each session

The course will cover the state and national standards required for drivers’ education and will be self-paced, but must be completed within the 4-week window. Successful completion of the course requirements will result in the student receiving the paperwork necessary for the driving portion of drivers’ education. This paperwork can be presented to the local school contact or appropriate private contact.

Classroom Portion Requirements:
Students will receive an email with the information to enroll in the classroom portion. Orientation should take about 20 minutes to complete, and must be done during the 2-day window
All sections and quizzes must be completed for Units during the designated time
Road Signs Test and Final Exam must be completed on one of the designated dates during the designated time
Students must make an overall grade of “60” to receive credit for the course
Register for Driver’s Ed

Driving to school is a privilege, not a right, and can be suspended at any time. Students who drive to school are not allowed to take other students off or around campus without the written permission of both the driver’s parents/guardian and the other student’s parents/guardian and the principal/designee permission. Student drivers are not allowed to leave campus for any reason during the school day between 8:05 AM and 2:38 PM.

Any student with a valid driver’s license is required to inform HCEC before parking on campus. HCEC will provide information on how to obtain the required parking decal from BRCC at that time. The student will then bring the decal to the Study Group Facilitator to record the information and then the student must place the decal on his/her vehicle.

Parking is provided in the parking lot behind the Innovative High Schools building.