We had a great experience with Varsity driving school. They have knowledgeable instructors. They are super flexible and accommodating with our busy teen schedule. My daughter learned driving so well in such short time I am amazed. She drives with confidence and Passed her driving test with one error when she could have had up to 15 errors. Mark the owner even stepped in when we had to get a last driving lesson we had not planned ahead of time. Abby at the front office is superb. Professional, accommodating, knowledgeable. I recommend Varsity to any concerned parent who wants their teen to learn safe driving. Thank you varsity for great work. My son will be coming soon
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- About Our Instructors
- About The Owner
- About Our Training Vehicles
- About The Operator
- About Varsity Driving Academy
VDA Instructors are fully licensed by the State of California with extensive Behind The Wheel experience. We pride ourselves on providing a patient and supportive style when working with both teens and adults. Each instructor is mandated to have and pass a livescan (national fingerprint database) before they are hired by us and approved by the DMV. Finally, we have an expectation that each of our instructors always act in a professional and courteous manner when giving instruction.
Mark Mckinney is the Owner of Varsity Driving Academy.
Mark and his wife Karen are also long standing residents of the Community and are raising their two children in the local schools. Mark is always available to both students and parents. Karen's background in law enforcement significantly impacted their decision to own a school dedicated to safety on our roads and the utmost care of your teenager in our cars. They are honored to be chosen to participate in this milestone in your teenager's life.
Our training vehicles are fully insured, and must undergo a rigorous inspection at a State of California Approved Inspection Facility. As an additional enhancement each of our training vehicles is equipped with dual brake controls to provide a less stressful and safer Behind The Wheel experience for new drivers.
All of our vehicles are new. We train in 2012 and 2013 four door Hyundai Accents. Click here to check out the vehicles and the safety of this vehicle.
Our vehicles are not marked with training placards "student driver", so that you can get the most "real experience" of driving without other drivers responding to you differently as a "student driver".
Ken holds a B.A. from California State University at Long Beach. He brings comprehensive experience in the field of driver education to Varsity Driving Academy.
As a result of his first hand knowledge working with novice drivers Ken is able to successfully communicate safe and defensive driving techniques. Prior to his involvement in driver education Ken worked in a managerial capacity in the financial services industry.
Ken and his wife Bernadette are long standing residents of Irvine where they have raised two children. Ken is always available to both students and parents, and prides himself on being a responsible member of the community.
VDA has been in business since 2008. VDA's DMV driving school number is E4630. Check out our Google Reviews!
MARK MCKINNEY (Owner)
KEN FISCHER (Operator)
The DMV will not issue a California Drivers License beginning at age 16
unless you have completed your
6 hours of Behind the Wheel Training and
obtained a completion certificate.
Do not wait until the last minute to enroll
in driver training.
It is California Law that to legally drive in
this state, you must validate your permit by
completing a two hour lesson with an
instructor who will sign the permit.
You cannot legally drive with anyone,
including parents until the permit is validated.
My driving instructor was Mr. Mark McKinney and he was great! He was so easy-going and helped make me feel confident about my learning and driving even if I made a mistake. I was most definitely nervous during my first lesson, but he helped calm me down. I passed my driving test the first time and I fully believe that is because I took lessons from the Varsity Driving Academy. My parents praise me on my great driving and that's all thanks to the academy and Mr. McKinney! I plan on signing up for defensive driving lessons and I have every intention of signing up with Varsity Driving Academy. You will be more than pleased, you'll be ecstatic! I know I was!!
I've had such a great learning experience with Varsity Driving Academy. My first lesson was the first time I ever got behind the wheel and I was pretty terrified. But within two hours I could already handle the wheel comfortably with the help of my instructor. They give you not only general tips but also specific, personalized pointers on what you need to practice. They really do over-prepare you for the license test and even make the time to teach you U-turns, take you on the freeway, and other things that aren't on the test but are essential to real-life driving. After learning from VDA, I now have not only my license, but also great driving skills that make me feel safe and confident on the road. I would recommend the 6-hour training to anyone looking to learn driving quickly and easily. VDA instruction is of the highest quality!
Varsity Driving Academy will get you where you need to be to pass your driving test. The instruction is great, and the office staff are friendly and helpful too. I had Walter as my instructor, and he was knowledgeable, patient, and fun. He'll make sure you have the tools to be a safe driver even if you're a complete beginner. The lessons are very thorough and effective- they'll definitely build you the skills and confidence you need on the road. If you're looking for a place to get prepared for your driving test, I highly recommend VDA!
I scheduled all appointments at once, and it was easy to do so over the phone. Not too expensive, and they were on time every day. I took 3 2-hr courses, and had a different instructor every time, which turned out to be helpful because each one gave their individual input. All instructors were professional, kind, and very helpful. I could sense that they trusted my driving abilities and were always ready to help and correct me. They gave me constructive criticisms and praise when appropriate. The cars they brought were all decent: similar in style, ability to pump up seats & adjust mirrors etc. to my liking, and easy to use. On the first day, I practiced everything besides freeway driving. During the next two sessions, they took me [of course I drove] by the Laguna Hills DMV, and I got to drive through the drive test course a few times each day, which helped a lot!! They even kept score as I went, and gave me feedback during and after each drive through. My drive test was essentially identical to what I practiced with the instructors, and I passed effortlessly! I appreciated that each instructor also gave me a few minutes long break after the first hour. They ensured that I reached home exactly when my lesson was over. I felt safe driving with them, and didn't encounter any issues with the personnel or vehicles. Walter was one of my favorite instructors, he gave me confidence in my abilities and made me far less hesitant to drive at the speed limit. On the last day I drove with the founder/owner of Varsity, and he was also very kind and informative. My mom immediately noticed a big improvement in my driving skills and confidence on the road. :)
What a great driving school! My wife is from Europe where not everyone drives starting at 16, so she did not have much experience behind the wheel. It is not as easy for adults to learn to drive, and Mark, the company owner and her instructor, proved to be very encouraging and patient. He is a great teacher and takes pride in the success of his students. He also has the perfect temperament for this line of work. We also signed up for their day-of-the-test service, where you practice the driving test skills on the same route used by the DMV before your appointment. This service is a great idea and very effective for passing the test! The office staff is also very professional and efficient. Abby arranged the lesson times and DMV exam appointments quickly and followed-up with emails containing the schedule. I highly recommend Varsity Driving Academy, especially for adults learning to drive. By the way, when I was shopping around for driving schools, I found that most of them competed on price because driving lessons seem expensive. But when you consider the cost of the car, gas, insurance, and the instructor's time for each lesson, the fees charged are very reasonable. And for all the driving we do in California, the investment in a good driving school is well worth it. Varsity Driving Academy stood out of the crowd as the most professional and credible company I found.
I would like to commend the efforts of the Varsity Driving Academy for hiring the best instructors to help people to pass the driver's test. My instructor was Mr. Richard Farland, who did a super job. He was extremely professional and very conscientious. I was treaty with courtesy, promptness and efficiency. I would recommend the Varsity Driving Academy to everybody Thank you