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Behind The Wheel Orange County Driving School

Drivers Education Orange County
  • About Our Instructors
  • About The Owner
  • About Our Training Vehicles
  • 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 and Operator 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 undergo a rigorous inspection and all results are filed with the DMV. 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.

Established in 2008, Varsity Driving Academy provides the expert training needed to become a safe and defensive driver. We work with teens new to driving as well as international and adult drivers at all skill levels. We offer two locations (Irvine & San Clemente), and serve the entire South Orange County area.

DMV Driving School #E4630.

Check out our 5 STAR REVIEWS!

  • 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 

    Fariba Shaygan
  • 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!!

    Natasha P.
  • 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! 

    Christine Yang
  • 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! 

    Andrea N.
  • 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 

    Miriam Gottl
  • My son took the on-line class one summer and then he took the 6 hour behind the wheel classes about 3 months later. We had the same instructor each time they came to take my son out to practice driving. They arrived on time and took him to many different areas to practice. He passed both of his tests, permit and driving test, the first time! We were very happy with Varsity Driving Academy! They had a great deal going on too if you signed up for both of the classes at the same time. Well worth the money and they were always ready to reply back to us through email and or on the phone. 

    Tess Ortego
  • I recommend Varsity Driving Academy. They not only teach you how to pass your test but also teach how to be a good defensive driver. With only 3 lessons, I know that I am 300% better at driving and being safe. They got me appointments in time for my license test and worked with me on the times and dates and even on my 1 month short notice. Instructors are great and teach you all you need to know. 

    Madison Deans
  • Really good program. Easy program to manage. My son squeezed in a full on-line class, permit test at the DMV, and 2 hours of driving behind-the-wheel before he returns to boarding school next week. Will reconnect with Varsity Driving Academy when he is home over Thanksgiving and Winter break to take some more driving lessons. Excellent customer service, great instructors, and an organized program. Thanks for making everything so easy on the parent. The whole experience was really managed by my teen son once I paid the fee. Super convenient and I recommend them to anyone looking to get a teen on the road safely. 

    C. Muchnick

Serving the following Cities: Aliso ViejoAnaheim, Corona Del MarCosta MesaCoto de Coza, Dana Point, Foothill Ranch, Fountain Valley, Huntington BeachIrvine, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna HillsLaguna NiguelLake Forest,  Mission Viejo,  Newport BeachNewport CoastOrange,  Rancho Santa MargaritaSan Clemente, San Juan CapistranoSanta AnaTrabuco Canyon, Tustin, and Villa Park. 

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