Welcome to the Vergennes Union High School Drivers Education Website. It is my mission to provide the students with the best experience that I possibly can while they are learning how to drive.
The process of learning to drive is two-fold. I will help prepare my students to pass their Driver's exam but more importantly I will provide them with safe habits that will help keep them safe on our highways throughout their lives.
One of the best tools we have in helping our teens be safe is to set the example by demonstrating safe driving habits. Seat belts save lives, it is that simple. We as the adults set the example that our children will follow.
Before signing up for Driver's Education everyone needs to know that it is going to involve team effort and a commitment to the program. Students need to be on time for classes and drive times, Parents need to make the time to drive a minimum of 36 hours with their child before the class ends for the quarter. Parents are required to complete the Parent/Mentor Guide with their student. These will be considered graded homework.
A minimum grade of 70 is required in order to pass the class. I really enjoy teaching Driver's Education and look forward to meeting all of you when your child enrolls in this program.
A parent may begin practice driving with a child at age 15 1/2. You must be at least 16 years of age to get a New Hampshire driver's license. Persons 16 and 17 years of age may get a driver's license only if they pass an approved driver education course. Those 16 or 17 years of age must present a Parent or Guardian Authorization Certificate and a Driver's Out-Of-Class Log Sheet which requires 40 hours of out-of-class driving, and 10 of the 40 hours must be after sunset, with parent or guardian when applying for a license.
TOTAL CLASSROOM TIME:
Classroom: 46 hours
Driving Time: 10 hours
Observation: 10 hours
At WHS classes are offered to assist all students with their busy schedules. Two quarters of the school year are held in the mornings and Athletes will have first option on spots in class The following is the schedule by quarters:
First Quarter: (Athlete Schedule) (Class Limit 14 Students)
Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday 6:15-8:15 am Saturdays 8:00-10:00 a.m
Drive Time: Wednesday and Friday 3:10-7:10 pm Saturdays 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Second and Third Quarter: (Non-Athlete) (Class Limit 16 Students)
Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday 3:10pm - 4:40 pm and some Saturdays 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Drive Time: Tuesday and Thursday 4:45 pm - 8:45 pm, Wednesday and Friday 3:10- 7:10 pm,
and Saturdays from 10:00am - 6:30 pm
Fourth Quarter: (Athlete Schedule) (Class Limit 14 Students)
Same Schedule as First Quarter
All students who are eligible to apply for Driver Education at WHS must not have any grades below a D- during the quarter prior to being accepted into the program. Students will be given approximately 4 weeks to bring their grades up if they fall into this category.