Drivers Education

The Shenendehowa Drivers Education Program is offered during the fall, spring and summer terms by Bell's Driving School

Instructor: Jim Ordon



Due to an overwhelming response - registration for the Driver Ed Spring 2021 program is now CLOSED .

We currently do not have enough slots to accommodate the registrations that have been received as of today.

If possible, we will try and expand the number of registrations/students we can accept into the program, but we do not have a definite number at this time.

As in past programs, priority will be given to a student’s grade level – beginning with seniors.

We will be creating a Waitlist and will be notifying students/parents of their registration status as soon as possible – hopefully by the end of this week.

Thank you for your understanding and patience while we work through this process. We sincerely thank you for your interest in our program.


We are pleased to announce we will be offering a Driver Ed program for Spring 2021!

Due to COVID-19 safety protocols and state mandates - our Spring 2021 Driver Ed program will operate under new guidelines.

Students will still be required to complete 24 hours of classroom instruction and 24 hours of in-car instruction to meet the program requirements, however, the format has been adjusted to allow for social distancing and mandates from the NY State Education Department (NYSED).

The new Driver Education Program operating guidelines are as follows:

⮚ Classroom instruction (24 hours) will be provided virtually through Google Classroom. Students will be required to attend all scheduled sessions and complete all assigned coursework and exams.

⮚ Per NYSED guidelines, parents will be responsible for completing the in-car instruction/observation for their child.

As part of Shenendehowa’s program - 3 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction will be provided by a NYS certified driving instructor.

Parents will be responsible for completing the remaining 21 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction and observation. (Students are required to complete 6 hours behind-the-wheel and 18 hours of observation per NYSED guidelines.)

⮚ The hours with a driving instructor will be conducted on a one-on-one basis only per NYSDMV COVID-19 regulations.

⮚ An in-car curriculum will be provided which outlines focus criteria and includes a performance checklist for each session to be completed by a parent/guardian.

⮚ A virtual orientation will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 6pm to discuss program specifics including: virtual class guidelines, scheduling procedure for individual drive times with Mr. Ordon and how parents will receive the weekly in-car outlines and performance checklists.

The Spring 2021 program will begin on approximately February 23 and continue through approximately June 10, 2021. Students must be 16 years old by February 20 and hold a valid NYS permit. Students will be assigned a weekday class time (specific class days and times will be determined based on enrollment). Students will attend virtually and must have audio and visual capability on their laptop or other device. The classroom instructor will provide more information regarding expectations and classroom curriculum.

Parents will be required to complete and submit a weekly performance checklist for the in-car instruction hours completed by their student. Students will be able to schedule their (3) individual one-hour driving sessions with a certified instructor.

Please be aware that most of these drive times will be scheduled on Wednesdays and students will need to make arrangements to meet the instructor at Shenendehowa HS East. Students must complete the 48 hours of combined instruction to be eligible for the MV-285 certificate.

The program fee will be: $350

The maximum number of registrations is 36 students.

There will be a minimum of 25 students needed to run the program.

If that number is not met – the program will be cancelled and a full refund will be made to those registered.

No Refunds will be given once the program has begun.

Registration will begin January 8, 2021 and run through January 29, 2020. Please mail registration forms only - visitors to the District Office are limited due to COVID-19.

For questions regarding the virtual classroom portion of the program contact Jim Ordon (instructor):

For questions regarding the parent in-car instruction of the program contact Bell’s:


Course Dates: February 23, 2021 - June 10, 2021

Orientation Meeting (Mandatory):

Date: February 9, 2021 (Tuesday) Time: 6:00pm Location: "Virtual"

Course Fee: $350

Registration Period: January 8, 2021 - January 29, 2021. Registrations will NOT be accepted prior to this date.

Registration Forms (3): Available to print now.

(Registration Form, Information Sheet & Calendar - see below).

Students will be provided their schedule prior to the orientation meeting.

5 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park, NY 12065



  • Rebecca Carman, Director of Policy and Community Development

  • Julie Keene, Administrative Assistant

  • Kim Pottenburgh, Community Education Assistant


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

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


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.

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.


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.

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.