St. Francis Area Schools Community Education offers 30 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of Behind-the-Wheel (BTW) instruction. Our teachers are licensed with the State of Minnesota, and have Driver Education Licensure. Our program has been approved by the State of Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The years of experience of our instructors, along with their certification, provide a safe, high quality program for your child.
Classroom Instruction: The 30 hour classroom course includes an extensive study of the Minnesota Drivers Manual, right of way rules, emergency situations, adverse driving, drinking and driving problems, and proper attitudes and responsibilities about driving. To pass the classroom portion, student must attend all 30 hours of classroom training. After classroom instruction is completed, the student will be issued a blue card if registered for BTW, if not registered for BTW, the student will receive a letter of completion (once student registers for BTW the blue card will be issued). The student will take the blue card along with the appropriate ID (see identification requirements at www.communityed15.com), corrective lenses (if needed) and fee to a Minnesota Drivers and Vehicle Services location.
Classroom location: St. Francis High School, Room to be determined. You will receive confirmation of your enrollment prior to the start of class.
Students enrolling in classroom-only may enroll in behind the wheel after successful completion of the 30 hours of classroom.
Behind-the-Wheel Instruction: Once the student has received their permit, they can schedule the 6 hour BTW instruction. Once the student has completed BTW, they will receive a white card. The student must have their permit for 6 months and effective January 1, 2015 every driver under the age of 18 who completes BTW instruction and is testing for a driver’s license must submit a driving log. Parents/ Guardians have two options regarding the driving log:
1. Complete a parent class provided by a driver education program approved in Minnesota (we offer this class), and then submit a supervised driving log showing their teen has completed at least 40 hours of supervised driving, 15 of which are nighttime hours and a certificate of completion for the class; or
2. If the parent/guardian chooses to not complete the parent class, the driving log must show that their teen has completed at least 50 hours of supervised driving, 15 of which are night time hours.
The road test needs to be scheduled with Minnesota Drivers and Vehicle Services, bring white card, proof of insurance, fee, permit, social security number and corrective lenses (if needed).
Students must be 16 years old, had their instructional permit for 6 months and completed Behind the Wheel prior to testing for their drivers license.
Cost: The total cost of classroom and BTW is $360 payable at registration. Cost includes a $10 discount for registering for both! If you wish to register separately, cost of classroom is $100 and BTW is $270. No discount will apply if registering separately. No other discounts may be applied to these classes.
Refunds: Please read carefully! Cancellations received within 5 or more business days prior to the start of class will qualify for a refund minus a $10 processing fee. If cancellation is made less than 5 business days prior to the start of class, you will forfeit the $100 classroom fee.After six months, no refund will be given for BTW classes, but you will still be able to schedule your lessons as long as you are an ISD 15 student. Un-used BTW hours will be non-transferable. A $50 fee is retained if you cancel BTW within six months.
No-Show Fee: If a student has signed up for BTW lessons with an instructor and fails to show up for a scheduled session, a $50 no-show fee will be charged, payable to Community Ed. Students will not be scheduled for another lesson until the no-show fee is paid.