Driver Education

Rebecca Carman, Director of Policy & Community Development
Julie Keene, Administrative Assistant
Kim Pottenburgh, Community Education Assistant

Shenendehowa Driver Education

The Shenendehowa Driver Education Program serves approximately 450 students each school year, and the course is offered during the fall, spring and summer terms. 
Instructor: Jim Ordon

Driver Ed - Fall 2017 

Registration Forms & Course details now available to download & print - see below.

Course Dates:            September 20, 2017 - January 27, 2018

Course Fee:                $430

Registration Period:    August 21, 2017 - September 8, 2017

Please note:                Registrations will not be accepted before August 21st or after September 8th


REGISTRATION FORMS AND COURSE INFORMATION - click on each document below to print:


Driver Ed

The Shenendehowa Driver Education Program is only offered to Shen students!
Students are enrolled on a first come-first-serve basis by class, beginning with seniors. The course is open to all Shenendehowa students age 16 and up; non-Shen students (who reside in the district) are accepted only if openings remain. The course consists of 24 hours of classroom instruction and 24 hours of in-car instruction. Upon completion of the program, students receive both the Five Hour Certificate and the MV-285 Certificate used for insurance reduction and license upgrade.
Students must have a valid learner's permit by the beginning of the program and practice driving at least three hours per week.

Students are required to complete 24 hours of in-classroom instruction and 24 hours of in-car instruction, therefore, perfect attendance is required. Should an emergency arise, please contact your in-car instructor or your classroom instructor; and they will arrange a make-up class. However, accommodations can only be made for emergencies. Should a student miss more than two classes, a certificate will not be issued and refunds will not be possible.

Five Hour Certificates:
A five-hour certificate will be issued after all of the required topics have been covered. This generally requires five to six class sessions.

Lost Certificates:
Please keep all certificates issued in a safe place. Driver Education certificates must be signed and the certificate numbers are registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles. As a result, acquiring a duplicate certificate requires preparation of another certificate and re-registering with NYS DMV. This is a lengthy process and may involve an additional fee.



As part of this 48-hour program, the student receives 24 hours of classroom instruction and 24 hours of in-car instruction (18 hours of in-car observation, and 6 hours of actual behind-the-wheel instruction). Students must pass both portions of instruction, driving and classroom, to receive the certificate of completion. In the six hours we will be working with your son or daughter behind the wheel, we cannot hope to satisfactorily prepare him/her for the New York State Road Test or make him/her an accomplished driver. Those skills are attained through practice and experience on the road. It is essential, therefore, that we have your assistance in providing as much practice time as possible for your son/daughter to drive the family car. We strongly suggest that all students obtain adequate out-of-school practice in addition to the driving and observation time provided in the driver education program Attendance is extremely important and all students must read and sign the attendance and behavior policy page. If you know you will have to miss any classes for any reason, wait and take the course during another session. Classes are offered in the fall, spring and summer terms. It is extremely difficult to attain the necessary hours to complete the program should a student miss any classes. The program coordinator must approve all make-up sessions. These will only be approved in extreme circumstances; for example, emergency hospitalization.
The goal of our program is to equip your son/daughter with the fundamental knowledge, correct operational habits, essential skills and the proper attitude for survival on our highways. After successful completion of our program, your son/daughter will be issued an MV-285 Certificate of Completion. This certificate will allow them to convert their junior license to a class D license when they are 17 years of age. This conversion allows students to drive after 9:00pm. It may also reduce the cost of your insurance premium depending on the policies of your insurance company.

KEY DATES: (A class calendar is included with your registration materials)
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