Our Next Class Will Take Place On April 28th!!


Welcome to Ward’s Driving School in Spartanburg SC. Our goal is to teach our students how to be safe, successful drivers. Safety is our first and foremost concern, and this will be the focus that we instill in each of our student drivers. Please give us a chance to teach your child, and you will be thoroughly pleased with our ability to get them on the road and driving safely. We will get them into our classes in a timely manner and work with them to successfully obtain their driver’s license within the shortest amount of time possible.

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Buddy Ward, a 1989 graduate of The Citadel, is the owner and instructor at Ward's Driving School. Ward's career as an educator has spanned more than 20 years. During that time, he has taught physical education and coached football and baseball. He brings to his drivers' education classes the rich experiences he has gathered as a teacher and coach. He understands the challenges and obstacles students face as young drivers.

Ward's goal is to teach students to develop safe driving habits that will last a lifetime.

He is a driving school instructor who is certified through the SCDMV.



Our mission statement: To develop safe drivers by providing the most recent driver training skills, techniques, and information pertaining to operating a vehicle on today’s highways in a timely manner for our students. We will go the extra mile to ensure your student will be ready to drive when they complete our class.

We are now serving Blacksburg, Boiling Springs, Chesnee, Cowpens, Gaffney, Landrum, Spartanburg, Pacolet, and Roebuck. Call us for additional availability.



Ward’s Driving School rates are very competitive with other driving schools in the area. We offer basic driver training consisting of 8 hours of classroom lessons and 6 hours of driving time. This meets all minimum standards for a 15 or 16 year old to obtain a restricted license. Our fees are as follows:

Basic Driver Training Course Package $270


This package includes 8 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of Behind-the-Wheel driving with a state certified instructor in a vehicle equipped with dual brakes and automatic transmission. One hour of interstate highway driving and the Road Test for SCDMV are also included.

Basic "Plus" Driver Training Course Package $320

This package includes our Basic Package and two additional hours of Behind-the-Wheel driving.

Additional Behind-the-Wheel hours are available at $40/hour.

SCDMV Driving Road Test $40.00


This option is for any student that does not take their classes or driving hours with Ward’s Driving School.

We provide all necessary paperwork for each student that completes the course for the DMV to issue a driver’s license.

Adult Drivers Welcome

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Things to Know

All of our 8 hour classes will be held at the First Baptist Church in Cowpens, SC, from 8:00-4:00.

We will have pizza at each of our classes. However, if a student would prefer to bring their own lunch, this is permissible.

Each student must bring their permit with them to class.

We will pick up all students at their home or a designated location for their driving lessons. This location will be decided when the student completes their 8 hour class. Hopefully this will be a convenience for all parents or guardians.

We will not schedule your driving lessons until we have a minimum of a $100.00 non-refundable deposit.

Our instructors will give each student one hour of interstate driving time in our 8 hours of driving instruction for no extra charge. This is an addition that other driving schools usually charge extra for, but we feel this is an important aspect that all students in the Spartanburg area need to have experience in.

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Why Ward's Driving School?

Courses are taught by well-trained, fully certified instructors.

Students learn the correct and safe way to drive.

All driving sessions are video recorded.

Students are trained as quickly as possible without compromising safety concerns.

One hour of interstate highway driving INCLUDED in the offered packages.

During the Behind-the-Wheel sessions, students are picked up at home and returned home at the end of the session.

Texting while driving is the single biggest safety issue facing young drivers. At Ward's Driving School, we stress to our students the importance of avoiding this distraction while behind the wheel of an automobile.

Now Serving Blacksburg, Boiling Springs, Chesnee, Cowpens, Gaffney, Landrum, Spartanburg, Pacolet, Roebuck. Call for other availability.

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All classroom instruction will be at First Baptist Church of Cowpens, SC. The address is 108 West Church Street, Cowpens, SC 29330.

Classes will be conducted on designated Saturdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Classes will be limited to the number of driving sessions that we can accommodate in one month. Space will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Pizza will be provided, but if students require a specific diet, or if students have food allergies, they must provide their own lunch.

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A SC Department of Motor Vehicles Certified driving training instructor will provide all the classroom instruction and 6 hours of Behind The Wheel driving.

We will pick up students for driving lessons from their home, work, or school. If your pick up location is outside a 30 mile radius, we will make arrangements to meet the students at a specified location.

Our vehicle that will be driven by the students is a 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid. This is an eco-friendly compact car that will be easy for all students to drive and maneuver.


Call Now to Register for Our Next Course

Cowpens First Baptist Church

The next class will be held on April 28th, 2018 

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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