Mission Statement


"It is our goal to offer students the best driver education program possible, making safety and professionalism our top priorities."

At Wachusett...

We have been dedicated to teaching students to be responsible, safe drivers for over 50 years. We have historically boasted one of the highest road exam pass rates in the state, of over 90% compared to statewide averages in the 60% - 70% range & some schools average much lower.


Set a good example for your teen driver - slow down in the school parking lot and leave more space in traffic. Remember that night driving and driving with teens in the car along with inexperience substantially increases risk of a fatal accident in the first 3-5 years of driving.

Enforce safe driving habits for new drivers.

We are a Public School Driver Education Program:

A driver’s education program that is offered at Wachusett High School .

  • Our instructors are all licensed by the RMV and CORI and background checked by the state.

  • Our students are the best instructed drivers in the district.

  • Our road test passing rate is over 95%; state average is around 70%.

  • We'll help you meet all the requirements of obtaining a Junior Operator License

Some facts about our program are:

  • The Vehicles we use are 2 - 2019 All Wheel Drive Ford EcoSports. We just added two brand new vehicles; an All Wheel Drive Ford Fusion and one more All Wheel Drive EcoSport.

  • We have dedicated instructors assigned to each student

  • Our instructors have a variety of backgrounds that lend themselves to teaching driver ed from high school and special ed educators to first responders, school bus/cdl drivers, and auto insurance professionals

  • We incorporate numerous guest speakers into our driver ed classes with first hand experience

  • We make learning fun and interactive by utilizing great guest speakers, related videos and news articles, accident deconstruction and evaluation, practice quizzes, Driver Ed Jeopardy, critical thinking exercises and student presentations

  • Instructors who are dedicated not to just seeing our students pass their road test but also making them safe and responsible drivers for a lifetime

  • Virtual Driver Ed. classes meet for for a total of 30 hours; 2 hours Monday through Friday for three weeks unless otherwise specified

The RMV Approved Curriculum includes:

  • 1. Intro to Driver Ed - Getting Started, Your Permit/JOL requirements and restrictions

  • 2. Signs, Signals and Road Markings - Red/Green and Yellow Lights, Flashing Lights, Right/Left Turn Only lanes etc.

  • 3. Understanding the Vehicle and Its Controls - Primary vs Secondary Controls

  • 4. Basic Driving Skills - Steering Control, Driving Straight Ahead, Reversing, Making Safe Turns

  • 5. Rules of the Road - Right of Way, Intersections & Rotaries

  • 6. Making Safe Driving Decisions - Yellow Lights, Passing, Slowing Down in Bad Weather etc.

  • 7. Sharing the Road - Trucks, Motorcycles, Emergency Vehicles, School Buses

  • 8. How Natural Law Effects Driving

  • 9. Different Driving Environments - Rural vs City and Highway

  • 10. Driving in all Weather Conditions - Rian, Snow, Icy Roads

  • 11. Mental and Physical Effects on Driving - Anxiety/Depression, injuries, OTC medications

  • 12. The Dangers of Alcohol, Drugs and Driving

  • 13. Distracted Driving - Hands Free law, inside distractions vs distractions outside the vehicle

  • 14. Consequences of Unsafe Driving and Poor Decision Making

  • 15. Handling Emergencies and Breakdowns; jumpstarting a dead battery, buying a used car, car insurance, Final Review

  • Final Exam and Classroom Presentations

  • We will add in quizzes and critical thinking exercises to ensure they are learning



Road Test Sponsors


As of January 1 2021 the RMV will no longer be using DOT cars for road exams. You will either need to use your own car with an emergency brake in the center console area accessible and a parent/guardian as sponsor to the examiner or use a driving school car with a driving instructor as sponsor. See sponsor fees and rules before booking your exam. If you book an exam outside our scheduled day/time parameters, or at a different location; your parent will need to sponsor you.

Road Exam Sponsor Availability is based on car and instructor availability

Leominster RMV - (See revised road test sponsor fee below)

Monday through Friday 9 am to 11 am based on instructor availability

Sponsor only fee is $95.00

Sponsor and Practice session is $150.00

(Practice session to be scheduled prior to road exam)

If your test falls outside the above parameters your parent will need to sponsor you.

Due to recent RMV revisions, all new driving students can complete 6 hours of observation with another student and 40 hours of supervised driving at home which must be logged and given to the instructor. RMV Observation Affidavits will no longer be required.


PARENT/GUARDIAN CLASS

Please Read the rules!

All Classes are virtual until further notice!

A 2 hour Parent/Guardian class is required for students under 18 years of age. It will usually run the day before the student class unless otherwise noted. (Please be aware, the parent/guardian class can run over 2 hours)

(Students cannot drive until the Parent Class requirement has been satisfied.)

For virtual classes -

Parents must sign in using their own device/ easily identifiable email address for virtual classes.

Cell phone logins are not allowed or accepted by the RMV.

If you use someone else's laptop or email account, or a random email account I.e. beachlover@yahoo.com or abcplumbing@gmail.com the attendance sheet will show that name instead of yours and the RMV will not accept it as proof of attendance.

"DUE TO MANY NEW COVID 19 RMV AND CDC PROCEDURES AND POLICIES AS WELL AS CHANGES IN OUR METHODS OF ASSIGNING STUDENTS AND SCHEDULING OF LESSONS ETC. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE THE PARENT CLASS, EVEN IF YOU HAVE TAKEN IT BEFORE! THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR RE -TAKING IT."

Please make sure your internet, wireless connections and laptop are working properly before the start of class.


Payment Information

Take $50 off any class if you register for any class before December 31st !!!


The cost of the Driver Ed program is $750.00 it can be made in one payment or two payments of $400.00 and a second payment of $350.00

First payment is due within 5 days of registration and balance is due 10 days prior to start of class.

Note

Please include a copy of the class confirmation with your payment



We accept payment via check or money order

Important!

Please make checks and Money Orders payable to WRSD -

(Include student name & class date in the memo or on a separate sheet of paper)

Mail Payment to:

Wachusett Regional High School

1401 Main Street

Holden, MA 01520

ATTN: Drivers Ed


Students can also bring to the driver ed office C124 between 10am and 2pm or leave at the main office in an envelope marked ATTN: Driver Ed


Driver Ed Rules

Driver Ed as well as a Parent/Guardian class is required by MA state law for anyone under 18 years of age.

You must stay logged in for the full class or RMV will require a make up class!

You must use your WRHS email account and your school issued Chromebook when registering and for class or your attendance may not show up!

Important Note -

Full attendance is required by the RMV. You will be need to repeat the entire class if you miss any classes!

Please be sure to plan accordingly and attend all classes!

Missed Driving Fees

A $50.00 per hour fee applies for Cancellations (w/o 24 hr. notice) and no shows for on the road appointments also for showing up without your permit - Please communicate with your instructor and cancel ahead of your lesson!

*Fees are subject to change * There are no refunds for driver ed

Per hour & Road Test Practice fees


  • As there has been some interest in driving only; driving only is charged at an hourly rate of $60 per hour with a licensed driving instructor payable in advance by check to WRSD however we will not do your supervised driving for you that is a parent/guardian responsibility



Changes in Supervised Driving Requirement


The RMV is now allowing observation, so all new driving students will now be required to complete 6 hours of observation along with 12 hours of driving behind the wheel. Only one student will be allowed to observe in the back seat.



PLEASE READ - ROAD TEST POLICIES

Students can still schedule their own exams online once all of their requirements have been met and they have had their permit in good standing for 184 days. Road tests scheduled after June 21, 2021 will require a sponsor (parent or instructor) - see sponsor rules above.

IMPORTANT - Please be sure you have signed up for a road test and not a permit test or Real ID appointment and print out the receipt with location, date and time.


Sponsor Fees (for Leominster RMV)

Sponsor only - Monday - Friday 9 am to 11am - $95.00

$150 Sponsor and practice session - (Please bare in mind that students should be prepared for their road exam without a practice session, if they are not driving at home, a practice session alone will not change the odds.)You must bring your actual permit to the road exam they will not accept photo copies or cell phone images.


      • RMV is currently using their own Ford Fusion and Honda Civic Hybrid cars for road tests

      • We offer sponsorship on a limited basis. If we are sponsoring please refer to our guidelines below

      • RMV Observation affidavits are no longer required for new students; you will now be required to do 6 hours of observation with another student driving.

      • Students cannot schedule or reserve an appointment for a road exam until they have completed ALL OF THEIR DRIVER-ED REQUIREMENTS and the school has issued a check to to certify completion of the program to the RMV. They must also have had their learner's permit in good standing for 6 months or 184 days. Once everything is completed and the 184 days have been met, I will upload or transmit their records to the RMV. The check payment process can take one to two weeks after they have completed all of their driver ed requirements. I will then send an email once this has been completed

      • Anyone returning from international destinations must quarantine for 10 days; anyone traveling from out of state is advised to quarantine for 10 days unless fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior or had a negative covid test 72 hours prior to returning home. Instructors may cancel a scheduled lesson at their discretion if a student shows up sick.

      • See Helpful Links below for road test video and an application

Driving Lessons


      • All pickups and Drop offs are at WRHS - out back between the auto shop and driver ed cars

      • All cars are cleaned and sanitized between lessons and everyone is required to wear a face mask

      • If Covid like symptoms are present or temperature is high, instructors will cancel lesson at their discretion - please screen before arriving

2019 AWD EcoSport

Please click on one of the links below under Upcoming Classes - to fill out the Registration form


Please Note

Due to the RMV extension of virtual training and the rise in Covid cases - fall Driver Ed and Parent/Guardian classes will continue to be done online.

Remember, Parent/Guardian class attendance is mandatory for all classes! Students cannot be assigned to a driving instructor until this has been completed.


Please STOP AND READ BEFORE REGISTERING FOR A CLASS!!!


Please use the age calculator below before registering for a class - Enter your birth date in and then enter the start date of the class you wish to take - If you will not reach 15 years 9 months old by the start of class, you must choose a later class date.


AGE CALCULATOR

(Please confirm students age - must be 15 years and 9 months old on day 1 of class)

https://www.calculator.net/age-calculator.html


(Dates and times are tentative depending on classroom and instructor availability)


All classes for the fall have been changed to virtual from September forward to run from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

(unless noted)


Our Next Available Virtual Driver Ed Class Registration Links -


Revised Virtual Class schedule


Upcoming Classes

Classes were originally scheduled as virtual however times and location subject to change according to RMV Covid Guideline


Revised schedule

Jan 31 - Feb 24th Monday - (no class on 2/9 through 2/14) Friday 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm https://forms.gle/D1RP7idz2Hu3L9x3A

Parent Class Date Thursday January 27th at 6:00 pm


March 1 - 21st Monday - Friday 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm (no class on the 16th)

https://forms.gle/TkbcpdsFw2NyyJzb9

Parent Class Date TBD


May 2 - 24th Monday - Friday 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm (no class on the 9th and 18th) https://forms.gle/ugQFLmg9Lr4SPdiG6

Parent Class TBD


July 11 - 29th Monday - Friday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm https://forms.gle/DLobVFJK5VsabhPL9

Please note

The July class is tentatively scheduled as virtual pending any RMV/Covid related changes.


Be careful not to register twice as some students are being booked twice in the system!

Parents and students will be sent a class invite and helpful information approximately one week prior to class

To Sign Up for Drive Times -

You must be 16, have a valid learners permit and have completed your driver ed class as well as having a completed parent/guardian class


Please email me all of the following -

(You can email the following to me or drop off at the Main Office in an envelope marked; ATTN Driver Ed:)

  • A copy of your learners permit

  • The date of your driver ed class (month and year)

  • any missed class dates or missed modules that have not been made up

  • The exact date (and the name of the parent) who attended parent class if done at WRHS

  • A copy of the parent class certificate if taken at a different driving school - (If taken at Gilmore's and you don't have the certificate, you will need to retake the parent class)

  • your email address and cell phone #

  • An emergency contact number and email address for your parent

  • Your best days/times for driving

  • You will also need to pay any outstanding balance before being assigned to drive

To sign up for a road test

You will need to have completed all of your driver ed requirements including:


  • Reached age 16 1/2

  • Parent class completed within 5 years of first class

  • 30 classroom hours

  • Passed a final written exam

  • 46 supervised driving hours or 40 hours supervised driving and 6 hours of observation

  • Filled out and handed in an RMV modified observation affidavit showing 6 hours of additional driving at home

  • Held a valid learner's permit in good standing for six months or 184 days

  • Allow approximately 7 days for your records to be processed and uploaded to the RMV before booking a road test

Important Note

It's very important when booking a road test online, that you hit the submit button and get a confirmation email that your test has been scheduled. Some students are seeing a payment confirmation and assuming their test is confirmed (that is only a payment confirmation.) You have to scroll down and hit submit and I will need a copy of the date confirmation before I can schedule an instructor.


Driver Ed Helpful Links

RMV Drivers Manual

https://www.mass.gov/doc/drivers-manual/download


JOL Requirements and Restrictions

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/junior-operator-license-jol-requirements


MASS RMV Supervised Driving Log Sheet

https://www.mass.gov/files/2017-07/Supervised_Driving_Log_0.pdf


RMV Modified Observation Affidavit - (This form should show six hours only of supervised drive time only)

write only on the front, no additional hours for example.

Jan 5th - 2 hours, Jan 10th - 2 hours, Jan 15th - 2 hours; total = 6 hours

https://mcusercontent.com/b77b38ab94fd1bd6dbbd39035/files/e24c564c-09e1-4b90-939f-9218d217c462/JOL_6_Hours_Observation_Affidavit_fillable.pdf


Learners Permit Application

https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-a-passenger-class-d-learners-permit


Learner's Permit Practice Exam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6xJlTjupOo&t=4s

Road Test Application

RDT103 - Class D or M Road Test Application_fillable_0620(2).pdf


MASS RMV Road Test Application


https://www.mass.gov/doc/class-d-or-m-road-test-application-0/download


MASS RMV Road Test Guide

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4mICUXWPzo&list=PLnZqdm5RpFlqPovHsMuk_S_aT-IxksWPl


Teen Driving Apps for Parents

https://911drivingschool.com/using-apps-to-monitor-your-new-teen-driver/


Covid Related Links


Covid -19 Symptoms

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Covid testing Information

https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-testing

Covid Travel and Quarantine Guidelines

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-order


Videos For Parents and Teens

Life Behind the Wheel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uhif_LdG4F4


MASS RMV Drivers Test - Part 1 of 5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4mICUXWPzo&list=PLnZqdm5RpFlqPovHsMuk_S_aT-IxksWPl


Graduated Licensing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M37-xKhe2U0


Safety Tips for Teen Drivers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sllfmc4N5s4


Parents Are the Key

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_32grAfw0m8


Accidents Involving Teen Drivers Escalate in Summer Months


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFRbj0I3sIQ


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GFqqA9E14I&t=18s


Parallel Parking with Smart Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0uAFVeDUjs


Three Point Turn with Smart Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=724tCW8gqO8


Straight Backing with Smart Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsLCyGc6dg8&t=1s


Dealing with Driving Anxiety

Keep in mind that nervousness and anxiety is quite normal when first learning to drive - you are not alone - however a professional driving instructor and a little practice should help calm those fears. Don't let your fear hold you back; with a little confidence, great things can be achieved. Without failure, there would be no such thing as success.

Important Notes

  • Please stay in communication with your assigned instructor if you want to drive - Give them accurate information

  • If you don't stay on top of your schedule and do your supervised driving at home you will fall behind and will not be ready for your road exam when you become eligible

  • If your instructor's schedule is not working well for you or your instructor is out sick, on vacation or for any other reason, ask about using our FLEXIBLE DRIVING INSTRUCTOR PROGRAM and your instructor can refer you to another driving instructor temporarily or as needed

2019 AWD EcoSport

Our Newest AWD Ecosport

Our New AWD Ford Fusion

MUST BE 15 YEARS AND 9 MONTHS OLD BY DAY ONE OF ANY CLASS!

CDC Guidelines

Covid-19 is still very active and still very deadly and the new variants even more so. To keep everyone as safe as possible; pre-screening at home is critical as your decisions can put someone else's life in great peril. Be honest (do not attempt to minimize or underestimate any symptoms or your Covid-19 exposure or risk, where you've been etc.) and avoid deadly consequences down the road. Employees are being sued for lying about their Covid contact and symptoms. Do not assume that you are not a possible carrier. Driving is all about making good decisions. When in doubt, cancel your lesson, getting your lessons done a week or two sooner is not a good reason for making a bad decision that can affect someone's life. Driving is not mandatory during the pandemic - it is done at your own discretion.

Due to Covid -19, we will be following all CDC guidelines UNtil further notice, including:

  • Students must pre-screen at home

  • Students must cancel if sick or having any symptoms or had close contact with anyone with Covid-19 symptoms

  • All pick ups and drop offs will be at WRHS ( in the rear parking area between the auto shop and the drivers ed cars)

  • Follow your instructors directions and answer Covid questionnaires as asked by your instructor

  • Social distancing is required around the school building

  • Students need to complete 46 hours of supervised driving and complete an RMV observation waiver or do 6 hours of observation if permit issue date is 5/29/21 or later

  • Keep learners permit in a plastic zip lock bag

  • Supply your own face mask and black pen

  • Parents should stay in their cars when dropping off or picking up

  • Students should stay in their cars until the area is clear of other students

  • Cars will be cleaned and disinfected in between drivers

Upcoming classes -

Now Accepting Registrations


Due to recent changes in RMV guidelines, fall classes will continue to held virtually

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - unless otherwise noted

Parent/guardian Class dates and times to be announced

Parent class is mandatory for all students under 18 years of age

All class dates and hours are subject to change/adjustment according to school schedules, severe weather or circumstances beyond our control

*Must be 15 years and 9 months old by start of class!*

Students must use their WRHS issued Chromebook and WRSD email account to ensure attendance is counted. If there is a problem with your Chromebook contact IT prior to class

Please make sure you attend all modules - RMV requires 100% attendance. A missed module will result in making up the entire class.


Minimum class size is 16 students - if minimum is not met, students will be offered next available class

*Schedules are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control*

Guest Speakers typically Include:

  • Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts

  • Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (Speakers who have been involved in a fatal DUI related car accident)

  • Holden PD Officer Sean McKiernan - School Resource Officer

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