Driving School serving Fargo & West Fargo, North Dakota

Welcome to Varsity Driving Academy for Safe, Professional Behind the Wheel Training

My name is James Saunders, I am a licensed N.D. driving instructor and completed the updated DTS driver instructor class at Minot State University. I have over 40 years of accident free driving record and attribute it to “driving defensively.” The core of Varsity Driving Academy classes is to teach safe, responsible, and defensive driving techniques to my students.

The Varsity Driving Academy (VDA) student driver education vehicle is an Audi A6 that carries 5 star safety rating. The Audi A6 is a very maneuverable vehicle with excellent visibility. I believe it is a very safe and fun car for your student to take behind the wheel driver training.


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Living in a metro area my program will emphasize teaching students to navigate our multi lane road systems, diamond and cloverleaf interchanges as well as one- way streets and residential roads. The last lessons will focus on the proper steps to parallel parking which is essential for taking the state driving test.

Students must have valid permit to begin classes. The State of North Dakota requires a minimum of six hours of Behind the Wheel training if needed for the North Dakota drivers license test. VDA offers additional training beyond the six required hours if needed. 

At the start of the first lesson I meet with parent(s) or guardians to go over lesson plans and discuss current driving abilities. Lessons may begin from home or school and always end at students home address.


Varsity Driving Academy courses are taught in three sessions, two hours per session. 

Students will be mailed Certificate of Training when course is completed. The certificate can be used as proof of Behind the Wheel training if needed for the North Dakota road test for a driver’s license. I am also licensed to sign a road test waiver Certificate of Completion for students that take the 6 hours of Behind the Wheel lessons and have also completed the 30 hours of classroom instruction. See road test waiver tab for more information.

Please call or email ahead for information on available lesson dates and times, lesson spacing and drivers license programs. You will be able to book your lessons and pay online. Simply print, fill out and mail the required Contract for Services after scheduling lessons. (click here for contract)  

Any makeup or rescheduled lessons will be negotiated between instructor and parent or guardian. VDA operates depending on weather conditions. Please call or text me @ 701-261-9799 or email us if have any questions about lessons, practicing or student’s progress. 

James Saunders
License Driving Instructor
ND License #105


For questions about Behind the Wheel lessons please email us @ varsitydriving@fastmail.com or call / text @ 701-261-9799


Varsity Driving Academy

122 37th Ave E

West Fargo, ND 58078


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We offer daily lessons and on Saturdays from September to May.