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 2021 session will be held once a week on Thursdays from September 23 to January 13 with two different time options:

Option 1: 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Option 2: 6:20 - 7:50 pm
These sessions will be virtually taught through Google Classroom and Google Meets. No classes will be held on Thanksgiving. 

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 $750 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.