Driver Education

Program Overview: We Teach Risk Management

Contact phone: 720.494.3960 to clarify information provided below if necessary.


Registration

Students may register and pay on-line through REVTRAK for any of the below-listed fee option categories by clicking on the links provided at the bottom of this brief summary of program offerings. Please refer to the descriptors provided and then select your preferred instructional category. Students must be within six months of their 15th birthday (or older) to register for any of the fee option categories. State Law prohibits us from accepting into our program students who will NOT be the age of 14 ½ by the time they complete their course selection.

Important Note: By State Law any driver under the age of 18 wishing to acquire a Colorado State drivers’ license must be issued and hold a valid driving permit for a period of one year prior to a drivers’ license being issued. The St. Vrain Valley School District Driver Education Program is accredited and is in compliance with the Colorado State Department of Revenue to instruct students wishing to acquire a valid Colorado driving permit. The Revenue Department is tasked with oversite of driver training schools, and with the issuance of Federal Identification documents, one of which is a driver’s permit.

Board of Education Oversight

In order to help facilitate the transition from non-driver status to safe driver skills and attitudes, The St Vrain Valley School District, under the guidance of the Board of Education, has established and supports our driver education program. In order to maintain integrity and professionalism, and to maximize learning for all students regardless of learning style, teachers in our program must be active educators or retired-certified teachers. The purpose and focus of the Driver Education Program is to instill positive life-long attitudes and safe driving skills to successfully navigate in today’s increasingly complex traffic patterns. Driving an auto means accepting the inherent risk associated with this privilege, therefore, it is necessary to prepare young drivers to manage risk in a responsible, mature manner.

Current Research

The American Automobile Association (AAA) in conjunction with the Oregon State Department of Transportation and the Manitoba Provincial Transport Department in a recently completed multi-year research project found that teens who participated in certified driver education training at age 15 had 2.3% fewer fatalities during  the third year of driving (around age 17) and 40% fewer convictions for traffic violations. Included among citations issued by law enforcement agencies and tracked by the study are:

  1. Speeding
  2. Reckless and aggressive driving
  3. At-fault crashes
  4. Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  5. Distracted driving in all of its manifest forms

The conclusions of this study point to the fact that driver education training causes teens to internalize and to act by using safe driving habits to manage the inherent risks associated with driving. Conversely, teens not receiving driver training tend to rely on outside authority to manage their driving conduct. As knowledgeable educators and parents we know it is not for adults to control the behavior of teens, but rather, to teach young people to monitor and control their own behavior by always making choices that are both safe and sane no matter what driving circumstances arise.

Cost Summary of Program Options

Students may register for any of the below-listed options by clicking on the links provided at the bottom of this summary of program offerings.

  1. No Charge (optional) “Partnering with Parents” Introductory Sessions held prior to the beginning of each trimester to acquaint parent/guardians with the goals of the Driver Education Program. Participation in these sessions is encouraged, but not required. This is an excellent way to have all your questions answered about the various program offerings. To register on-line click here.
  2. $420.00: Our Full service program includes 30 hours of live inter-active student & teacher classroom instruction to acquire a Colorado driving permit. Included in this fee option package is six hours of behind-the-wheel training with one of our professional driving instructors once a permit is issued. No extra fee is charged for behind-the-wheel training. This fee option works well for students wishing to be issued a driving permit at age 15, and a Colorado drivers’ license at age 16. This program benefits all students regardless of age over 15. We have many older teens registering for these classes each session. To register and pay on-line click here. Cash or check payments are accepted for this fee option at the start of classes. Pre-registration is encouraged if paying directly. Important Note: State Law prohibits us from accepting into our program students under the age of 14 ½ on the date your student’s classes begin. Click on this link to pre-register.

A bonus to this ($420) fee option is the learning opportunity your student will receive due to our partnership with the Longmont Police Department Traffic Enforcement Division. This includes six hours of classroom presentations as an integral part of the 30 hour live/interactive classroom instructional program. We are fortunate to have such a valuable asset for our students to learn from the perspective of highly trained, knowledgeable professionals who truly have the safety and well-being of our young citizens at heart.

  1. $295.00: Our Six hours of behind-the-wheel training (only). This fee option stands alone and is separate from the $420 full service. This option works well for any person who wishes to receive training from one of our professional behind-the-wheel driving instructors.  NOTE: This option also fits well for students who choose to take their 30 hours of on-line instruction through an outside vendor other than the one offered through option #3 (above). Many of our $295 fee option students have completed an on-line course of their own choosing, and want to acquire behind-the-wheel safe driver training. To register and pay on-line click here. Cash or check payments are also accepted for this fee option. Online pre-registration is encouraged if paying by cash or check. Click on the link below to pre-register.
  2. $75.00 Our Driver Awareness Class for students wishing to receive a drivers’ license by age 16 ½ and who wish to begin their mandatory one year of permitted driving by starting later than lawfully allowed. This is a four hour American Safety Council certified class offered once monthly. No behind-the-wheel instruction is included, but is available as described above in option #3. NOTE: We strongly encourage students in this program to register for our Behind the Wheel instruction in order to internalize valuable safe driving habits. To register and pay on-line click here. Cash or check payments are also accepted for this fee option at the start of classes. Online pre-registration is encouraged even if paying by check or cash. Important Note: State Law prohibits us from accepting into this program students under the age of 15 ½ on the date your student’s class begins. Click on the link below to pre-register.
  3. $40.00 Colorado State drivers’ license test. Students must call our office to schedule his/her appointment for a driving test once the mandatory one year permit driving period is complete. No online pre-registration is yet available for this fee option. Please call our office at 720.494.3960 to schedule your student’s driver license examination. Reservations will be taken up to two weeks in advance (and a minimum of one week in advance if spaces are available) of the one-year permit anniversary date. Once the 20 minute driver license test has been successfully completed, State of Colorado Compliance paperwork will be provided that is to be presented by the student at the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) local office. Then, a valid State of Colorado Drivers’ License will be issued at the DMV. Your student must be a minimum age of 16 and have completed the requirements accordance with State regulations. Cash or check payments (only) are accepted for this fee option at the time the driver license test is given.

Schedule of Classes


Fall 2017

Mondays Sept 11th  to Nov 13th, 2017

  • Longmont High School – 4:00-7:15
  • Skyline High School – 3:00-6:15

Tuesdays Sept 12th  to Nov 14th, 2017

  • Niwot High School – 5:45-9:00

Wednesdays Sept 13th  to Nov 15th, 2017

  • Erie High School – 2:30-5:40
  • Erie High School – 5:50-9:00
  • Frederick High School – 5:15-8:30
  • Lyons High School – 5:45-9:00

Thursdays Sept 14th  to Nov 16th, 2017

  • Mead High School – 4:45-8:00
  • Silver Creek High School– 2:40-5:50

Winter 2018

Mondays November 27th to February 19th, 2018

  • Longmont High School – 4:00-7:15
  • Skyline High School – 3:00-6:15

Tuesdays November 28th to February 20st, 2018

  • Niwot High School – 5:45-9:00

Wednesdays November 29th to February 21st, 2018

  • Erie High School – 2:30-5:40
  • Erie High School – 5:45-9:00
  • Frederick High School – 5:15-8:30
  • Lyons High School – 5:45-9:00

Thursdays November 30th to February 22nd, 2018

  • Mead High School – 4:45-8:00
  • Silver Creek High School– 2:40-5:50

*No Classes week of Dec 11th – 14th

(due to Christmas Activities)

**Classes resume the week of Jan 2nd. Classes are NOT held when school is not in session. 

 

Spring 2018

**Spring Classes do not meet the week of Spring Break.

Mondays February 26th to May 7th, 2018

  • Longmont High School – 4:00-7:15
  • Skyline High School – 3:00-6:15

Tuesdays February 27th to May 8th, 2018

  • Niwot High School – 5:45-9:00

Wednesdays February 28th to May 9th, 2018

  • Erie High School – 2:30-5:40
  • Erie High School – 5:50-9:00
  • Frederick High School – 5:15-8:30
  • Lyons High School – 5:45-9:00

Thursdays March 1st to May 10th, 2018

  • Mead High School – 4:45-8:00
  • Silver Creek High School– 2:40-5:50
 

2018 Summer

Begins Wednesday May 30th to June 14th
NO CLASS ON FRIDAYS

  • TBA – 8:00-11:15
  • TBA – 5:00-8:15

Begins Wednesday, June 13th to 28th
NO CLASS ON FRIDAYS

  • TBA – 1:00-4:15

Monday thru Thursday, July 9th to 24th
NO CLASS ON FRIDAYS

  • Skyline High School – 8:00-11:15
  • Skyline High School – 1:00-4:15

Monday thru Thursday, July 18th to Aug 2nd
NO CLASS ON FRIDAYS

  • Skyline High School – 4:30-7:45

Estes Park Schedule

Fall: Mondays September 11th to November 20st

  • Estes Park High School – 5:45-9:00

Spring: Mondays February 26 to May 7

  • Estes Park High School - 5:45-9:00