Driver Education

Driver Education for students and the community

St. Mary’s High School offers a Driver Education Program that is open to students from local high schools as well as those from St. Mary’s High School. The Driver Education Program is offered three times throughout the year: Spring, Summer, and Fall.

The New York State Department of Education requires that each student attend 24 hours of classroom instruction as well as 24 hours of laboratory in-car instruction. Due to recent changes by NYSED, all classroom and driving instruction must be in-person (no virtual options).

There will be 24 hours of classroom instruction on campus here at St. Mary's High School (room number to be determined). Additionally, each student will receive 24 hours of in-car instruction in groups of up to 4 students.  There will be several time slots to choose from and from the selection, the student will be placed in a group that will meet at the same specified time. There are currently two options for the summer program. Please read both options carefully. The cost of either option is $850 per student for both classroom and driving sessions all included.

Option 1: July 5 - August 10

Please note that classroom and driving schedules are different! 

  • The classroom session will be held from 12:10 pm - 1:40 pm. Please see the detailed dates below:


Week 1: July 5 - 6

Week 2: July 10 - 13

Week 3: July 17 - 20

Week 4: July 24 - 27

Week 5: July 31 - August 1


  • The in-car instruction will have two options (the student must choose one):


Option 1: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (July 5 - August 9)

Option 2: Thursday, Friday, Saturday (July 6 - August 10)


The driving sessions will start and end at St. Mary's High School around the front main entrance. Please see the registration for all the driving time options.

Option 2: August 7 - August 31

  • The classroom session will be held from 8:30 am - 10:00 am. Please see the detailed dates below:


Week 1: August 7 - 10

Week 2: August 14 - 17

Week 3: August 21 - 24

Week 4: August 28 - 31


  • The in-car instruction will be Monday - Saturday from August 14 - 31 (No Sundays). 

Register Here for Option 1 (July 5 - August 10)

Register Here for Option 2 (August 7 - August 31)

Benefits of the Course:

  • An enhanced learning experience with qualified instructors
  • Satisfies New York State mandated requirements for new drivers
  • Substantial premium reduction from auto insurance companies
  • Ability to drive past 9 PM upon turning 17 (as opposed to 18)