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 virtual classroom instruction, which are held on Thursday afternoons. Due to Covid-19, the students will attend 6-hours of private, in-car instruction with Covid-19 precautions in place. One-and-a-half hour driving labs are available at various times in the vehicles. Students select the schedule that works best for them and registration slots will be conducted on a first come, first served basis. Completion of the course also satisfies the 20-hour graduated license requirement.

The Fall 2022 classroom session will be held three times a week from September 21, 2022, to January 19. 2023. There will NOT be a class on the following dates:

November  23rd  &  24th
December  28th  &  29th

There will be three different time options (the student must choose one):

Option 1: Wednesdays (6:15 pm - 7:45 pm)

Option 2: Thursdays (4:30 pm - 6:00 pm)

Option 3: Thursdays (6:15 pm - 7:45 pm)

 
The classroom sessions will be virtually taught through Google Classroom and Google Meets.  Please see registration for driving sessions.
Hoffman's Driving Academy, will be conducting the in-person driving lessons for the Driver Ed program, and separate registration is required for the scheduling software (Drive Scout). This will allow a student to view scheduled sessions anytime by logging into the account. Additionally, an email and text message reminder is sent 24-48 hours before the time of the session.

Upon completing the Google Form below, please take a few moments and complete the registration for Hoffman's Driving Academy. You will receive an email ("Welcome to Hoffman's Driving Academy") in which you may log in with the temporary password (please change the password afterward) and view the account. The registration you submitted with St. Mary's will be used to schedule the lessons. When lessons are ultimately scheduled, you may receive several emails during this process. If you see a scheduled lesson that you may want to change, please wait until a follow-up email stating that the draft schedule is completed before any requests are made.

For those that already have an account from prior private lessons, please add the St. Mary's Driver Ed package and complete registration from your Drive Scout account.

Below are the detailed steps on how to complete this registration:
  • Go to www.HoffmansDrivingAcademy.com
  • Navigate to the "Shop" page.
  • Click "High School Driver Ed" to jump to the Driver Ed section.
  • Click "Get Started" on the St. Mary's High School Driver Ed.
  • Complete all the information on the Checkout Page.
  • Click " Buy Now & Pay Later" (There is no charge for this registration since any payment is made to St. Mary's High School).
  • Log in with the Welcome Email you receive and become familiar with the account.
  • Ignore the notification that you are outside the service area. The meeting location is the front main entrance of St. Mary's High School around the front loop.
  • Any company policies are based on the St. Mary's High School registration form.
  • The email for the student account is the email that you will log in with! You can make the parent and student email the same if you prefer. 
  • Benefits of the Course:

    • 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)

    The cost for the program is $799 per student (this includes both classroom and driving sessions).

    Register for the Driver Ed Course Here.

    For those that would like additional knowledge assessments to prepare for the road test, here is a link to a free DMV Practice Test. This is not mandatory, but a great resource to use to aid in becoming a more well informed driver and help in passing the road test.