Driver Education

“Our driver education program has been recognized by the state of Minnesota for excellence."

~ Mary Rostedt, Driver Education Classroom Instructor

Driver Education is one of the most important courses that your son or daughter will enroll in. The aim and intent of this course is to develop a safe and skillful driver, able to cope with present and future traffic situations. Only your son or daughter can determine the degree to which this knowledge will be applied.

Our program is very comprehensive and is taught by the following professional teachers: Hannah Holt, Stacy Busta, Stacy Haugen-McAllister, Glenn Rosentreter, Mary Rostedt, Carl Selvig, and Sheri Siira. All instructors have State of Minnesota Driver Education Licensure.

Driver Education phases

PHASE 1: Classroom Instruction. Students must be 15 years old before or during classroom instruction. Classes are generally taught in the months of March, June, August, and November. Please contact Community Education concerning specific dates and times.

PHASE 2: Street Instruction using city streets, rural highways, gravel roads, and Interstate 94. This phase begins AFTER classroom is complete AND permit test is passed AND Driver Education staff receives a copy of the student’s permit (yellow form or instruction permit card). After your child earns his or her permit, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you take time to ride with him or her so each behind-the-wheel lesson is reinforced.

Each student is required to successfully complete each phase of instruction, then pass the final classroom and street exams before they will be certified as meeting our standards for Driver Education. Students must attend all class periods. Upon course completion, one pass/fail credit will be added to the student’s Fergus Falls Senior High School transcript.

FEES

The driver education fee of $275 represents the cost for both phases of our Driver Education program.

Make checks payable to: ISD 544.

Registration form and payment may be dropped off or mailed to:

Community Education

340 Friberg Ave.

Fergus Falls, MN 56537

To register and pay by credit card, go to our School Store. This is a secure website. PLEASE NOTE: If you register online, to complete the registration process, you must stop by the Community Education office to complete and sign a registration/parental consent form for the class.

CLASS SCHEDULE

Location: Roosevelt Education Center - Community Education, 340 Friberg Avenue, Fergus Falls, Minnesota

November, 2018 Class Schedule (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) - THIS CLASS IS FULL:

Class #6500-F18:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - November 1, 2, 5, 6*, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16 - 2018
  • 3:30 p.m. to 6:37 p.m. (*election day is November 6, 2018 - class that day will be from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; all other class days will go until 6:37 p.m. to make up for the early release on November 6)

March, 2019 Class Schedule (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday):

Class #6500-WS19:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - March 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19 - 2019
  • 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


If you have questions, please contact Community Education at 218-998-0544, ext. 9200 or stop by the office located in the Roosevelt Education Center, 340 Friberg Avenue, Fergus Falls.

Behind-the-Wheel Training: Behind-the-wheel training has been completed for 2018. Once we have finalized setup for our behind-the-wheel session starting in the Spring of 2019, we will notify students through school announcements and in report card inserts.

point of impact - TEEN DRIVER SAFETY PARENT AWARENESS PROGRAM

Traffic crashes are the leading killer of Minnesota teens. They are preventable. Research shows that teens whose parents set clear rules paid attention to where they were going and who they were with, and were:

  • half as likely to crash
  • twice as likely to wear seatbelts
  • 71% less likely to drive while intoxicated
  • 30% less likely to use a cell phone while driving

than teens who said their parents were less involved. The Fergus Falls Police Department and the Fergus Falls School District hope to minimize teen traffic crashes by hosting the Point of Impact Teen Driving Program for Parents and their teens this Fall. The program, developed by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety, is presented by the Fergus Falls Community Education Office. This is a FREE presentation for teens 14 to 18 years of age and their parents. Details on the Driver Education Program will be covered.

Monday, October 29, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Kennedy Secondary School Auditorium