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 students for low risk driving.

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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After school and homeschooled students times available for 

Behind the Wheel lessons


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Road test waivers

Call for eligibility info (No road test)



Living in a metro area my program will emphasize teaching students low risk defensive driving skills 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, essential for taking 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. Practice tip sheet for before and during lessons available. See waiver program info below.

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. Cost for all three lessons is 325.00 

Students are 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 issue ROAD TEST WAIVERS for students that complete the 6 hours of Behind the Wheel lessons, are safe and proficient in all driving skills and have completed the 30 hours of classroom instruction online or at school. *Please contact us for waiver eligibility info or see road test waiver tab above, extra lessons may be required to meet requirements for road test waivers.

Please call, text 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 after choosing dates and times and pay online. (Click here for scheduling) Simply print, fill out and mail state required Contract for Services after scheduling lessons. Contract also shows terms for lessons.  You can book and pay for your lessons online after going over dates and spacing with us.



James Saunders
License Driving Instructor
ND License #105


For questions and scheduling Behind the Wheel lessons please email, call or text us.


@ 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 and 3 times a day weekdays in summer.