Driver Education consists of two parts. The classroom portion of Driver Education is offered to students during the sophomore year. In order to be eligible for Driver Education the student must be 15 years of age and must have passed at least eight courses during the previous two semesters. There is no additional fee for the classroom portion of Driver Education when it is taken during the regular school year. There is a book fee, however, if a student chooses to enroll in summer Driver Education.
Driver Training (Behind the Wheel) is offered during the summer. Driver Training consists of six hours of scheduled driving during a nine (9) day session. There is a fee for Driver Training. Students are NOT automatically enrolled in the summer course.
In addition to Driver Education and Driver Training, each student must complete a minimum of 50 hours of behind-the-wheel driving practice.
HB 4768 became Public Act 94-0897 on June 22, 2006. This new law affects both the Illinois Graduate to Safety Program and the Cooperative Driver Testing Program by increasing the number of hours of practice driving required for students under 18 years of age from 25 hours to 50 hours, including 10 hours of nighttime driving. Please note that this law affects students with an issue date on their permits of June 22, 2006, or later. Student permits with an "issue date" before June 22, 2006, will still follow the 25-hour rule.The new law also requires a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult to provide written consent at the time of the application for a driver's license verifying that the applicant is sufficiently prepared and able to operate a motor vehicle safely. For details and the Certification form click on the 50 Hour Certification Form.