Driver's Education

Maura Marcon, Director
238-7201 x2318
MaMarcon@ccsd.ws

Summer 2019 Program

May 2019

Dear Parents and Students:

This letter is to provide you with information regarding the Chappaqua Central School District Driver Education Program, which is jointly run with PAS Auto School. To take Driver Education during the summer 2019 semester, a student must be 16 with a valid Learner’s Permit by June 28, 2019. Additional Driver Education sessions will be offered in September 2019 and February 2020. Students must be at least 16 years of age at the start of each program. Registration information for the September session will be emailed to families in mid- August.

At 16, a student can obtain a Learner’s Permit to drive with an adult, and then six months after obtaining the learner’s permit, driving a minimum of 50 supervised hours and taking a pre-license course or completing the first half of Driver Education, a student can take a road test in order to obtain a Junior License. The Junior License allows the student to drive alone until 9:00pm. When the student turns 18, a Senior License is obtained which allows the student to drive after 9:00pm.

In addition to providing the coursework and certificate required to schedule a road test, Driver Education provides valuable driving information, enables the family to receive insurance discounts and allows the student to accelerate the licensing process. Once the course is completed, the student can apply for a Senior License at 17.

Specifically, the Driver Education Course consists of:

  • Sixteen (16) 90-minute driving and sixteen (16) 90-minute lecture sessions, July 1-August 14.
  • Classes are held Monday-Friday-YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE ALL FIVE DAYS TO ENROLL.

Please note: students with 100 % attendance will complete the program on Wednesday, August 14, make-up classes will be provided on August 15 and 16. The schedule alternates between classroom one day and in-car instruction the next.  Program meets at Seven Bridges Middle School, 222 Seven Bridges Road. Classes will not be held Thursday, July 4.

Register ONLINE or by MAIL.      

Students must complete all requirements by the end of the summer program in order to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Scheduling is programmed in the order in which request forms are received. Please complete the enclosed form and return it with a $550.00 (or $595.00 for out-of-district) check payable to Chappaqua Central School District.

Chappaqua Continuing Education
Horace Greeley High School
70 Roaring Brook Road
Chappaqua, NY 10514

Refunds will not be issued after July 8, 2019. Refunds issued before July 8 are subject to a $20.00 cancellation fee.

Students will receive their schedule as well as program information at the mandatory organizational meeting scheduled on Thursday, January 31 at 3:00pm in the Cafeteria at HGHS.

Important information about the licensing process, driver education program requirements, absences, class cancellations, school closings and early dismissal procedures can be found by clicking on the above "General Information" tab.

Upon the completion of Driver Education, each student receives a Certification of Completion Form, which must be submitted to DMV to obtain a Senior License. Please note you cannot use your Certificate of Completion to upgrade your license until age 17.  Do not throw this form away and do not leave it with the DMV official who conducts the driving test if you are only 16. It takes several weeks to obtain a replacement document, not to mention that a delay in obtaining a license causes great disappointment. We experience this situation regularly and urge you to watch for the form and guard it carefully.

All questions about scheduling, requirements and cancellations can be directed to Chappaqua Continuing Education at (914) 238-7201 ex. 2318.

Sincerely,

Maura Marcon
Director, Chappaqua Continuing Education

General Information

Fall, Spring & Summer Programs

At 16, a student can obtain a Learner’s Permit to drive with an adult, and then six months after obtaining the learner’s permit, driving a minimum of 50 supervised hours and taking a pre-license course or completing the first half of Driver Education, a student can take a road test in order to obtain a Junior License.  The Junior License allows the student to drive alone until 9:00pm.  When the student turns 18, a Senior License is obtained which allows the student to drive after 9:00pm.

In addition to providing the coursework and certificate required to schedule a road test, Driver Education provides valuable driving information, enables the family to receive insurance discounts and allows the student to accelerate the licensing process.  Once the course is completed, the student can apply for a Senior License at 17.  Specifically, the Driver Education Course consists of:

  • 24 hours of classroom instruction broken into 16 ninety-minute sessions; and
  • 24 hours of in-car instruction (6 driving and 18 observing) broken into 16 ninety-minute sessions.
  • The summer program meet five days per week for 6 weeks and typically starts the last week of June with a vacation day for July 4 (perfect attendance is required in order to receive a Certificate of Completion). Classes rotate between 90 minutes of classroom one day and 90 minutes of driving the next day. 
  • Driver Ed registration forms will be emailed to students and their parents via Infinite Campus late August for the fall program, early December for the spring program and late May for the summer program to all incoming seniors, juniors and eligible sophomores. Students must by 16 with a permit the Friday before the start of the program.

Student Absences for Fall and Spring Programs
The length of the course and attendance policy is determined by the New York State Education Department. Excessive absences will cause students to forfeit their certificate and fee. 

  • A maximum of two absences (2 lecture classes and 2 in-car session) are allowed and must be made up
  • All lecture absences to be made up must be scheduled with the lecture teacher and completed within 2 weeks of an absence
  • All driving absences must be scheduled for makeup with PAS Auto School by the end of the program in order to receive credit for the course

 
Early Dismissal, Vacation and Snow Closings

  • If school is canceled due to inclement weather, Driver Ed is canceled. (Driving school will arrange make-ups.) 
  • If snow starts in the afternoon, PAS Auto School will text students to let them know class is cancelled. (Driving School will arrange make-ups.) 
  • School closings are posted on the Horace Greeley website.
  • If school is closed for vacation, Driver Ed is canceled unless special arrangements are made with the instructor. 
  • On early dismissal days, classes meet at regular times.

Course Completion Certificates 

  • Prelicense Certification MV-278
    Students will receive their prelicensing certificate after the first half of classroom instruction and the midterm. Certificate is required to schedule road test.

     
  • Course Completion Certificate MV-285 
    Mailed home after class is completed if student has fulfilled all requirements.  All make-ups (in-class and in-car) are to be completed during the current program. Students may not cross into the next semester in order to finish lecture and/or in-car time.
     
  • Original certificate required to obtain senior license when 17 and for insurance benefits. Note: Please hold on to the certificate when it is mailed to you. If you lose the document, to issue a new one requires documentation for the state and can slow down obtaining a license.
    Questions about certificates, including duplicate issues, should be directed to 238-7201 ex 2318.

NYS Driver's Manual

Click HERE do download the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Driver's Manual. (PDF)

Driver Education Programs

Click HERE for an alphabetical list (by county) of Driver Education programs approved by New York State.