Driver Education Offered for Fall 2020

At this time, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School is still planning to offer an in-person Driver Education course.

Applications are being accepted until Sept. 17 for the fall session, which will run from Monday, Sept. 21 through Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

Students must bring a $300 check (made payable to BH-BL Schools) to the opening meeting on Monday, Sept. 21 at 2:30 p.m. in the Spartan LGI.  At this meeting, payment will be processed for any students enrolled in the program, and checks will be returned to any students who are unable to be admitted for this session. The first class and opening meeting, with instructors, will outline the Driver Education program expectations and procedures. Class assignments and the remainder of the schedule will be discussed at this time so attendance at this meeting is mandatory for all students. Please also ensure that your child is prepared with his/her permit/license, as some students will be driving that day following the meeting.

Priority for enrollment will be granted first to students previously enrolled in the Spring 2020 session before its cancellation due to the pandemic.  Students will then continue to be accepted based on their grade (seniors first, and juniors next), followed by birthdate.

Driver Education program

Enrolled students receive 24 hours of classroom instruction (in a 1.5 hour Theory class once a week after school), 18 hours of in-car observation and 6 hours of behind the wheel instruction (in a 1.5 hour driving class once a week after school).

Attendance at all classes is mandatory to meet these New York State requirements. Failure to do so will result in an incomplete for the course. In this short time, we cannot hope to make the student an accomplished driver, so we will need your assistance in providing at least 20 hours of supervised driving time for your child in your family car. An additional 30 hours will be needed prior to obtaining their senior license at age 17. A student-driving log will be provided for you to initial at home.

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be issued an MV285 “Blue Card”, allowing the student to obtain a senior license at age 17 and an insurance card to be presented to your insurance company to obtain any applicable premium discounts.

We require that all students have a valid New York State Learner’s Permit or Driver’s License (a copy is required with registration application) in order to be eligible for enrollment into the program.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Cait Wempe in the High School Main Office at cwempe@bhbl.org.