Drivers Education Information

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Driver Ed Information:

Driver Ed Registration Has Begun

Spring Driver Ed begins February 2, 2019

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***Space Is Limited***

St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School
West Islip, NY

Driver Education Program

Phone: 631-587-8000

Thank you for your interest in our Driver Education Program. Please carefully read this information as it explains the policies of our program.

What is Driver Education and what does it do for me?
Driver Education is an extremely valuable experience. The course is New York State regulated. Students will be taught in the classroom and behind the wheel by state approved Driver Education instructors. The state mandates that each student complete 24 hours of classroom lecture training, and 24 hours of in-car training, which consists of 6 hours of behind the wheel time and 18 hours of observation. At the successful completion of a Driver Education course, students will be able to receive their senior driver’s license at the age of 17 (without Driver Education, a senior license will not be issued until 18 years old). .

What about refunds?
If a student is scheduled for classes, a $50 fee will charge for any withdrawal request made after January 22, 2019. No tuition refund will be authorized after January 29, 2019

Where do I go for the classes?
All students are dropped off and picked up at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School. We are not permitted to pick up or drop off students at their home or any other location other than the school.

What do I need to bring to class?
A notebook, a pen or pencil, and your learner’s permit.

What about absences?
By St. John’s regulations, a student is allowed to make-up no more than 3 absences in either car or lecture class. All absences must be made up. It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with, and obtain prior approval from, the regular driving and/or lecture instructor to proceed with any make-up assignments. More than 3 absences in either class (not combined) will result in the student failing the course. There are no “excused” absences. Absences due to illness, bereavement, SATs, ACTs (and other tests), are all still considered absences.

How do I know if a class is cancelled due to bad weather?
In the case of inclement weather, please visit our website to check for cancelations. If school is canceled or delayed, Driver Education will also be canceled. Go to and you can also view school closings on Channel 12 news.

What are the office hours?
The school’s main office is available for Driver Education questions Monday thru Friday from 7:45-3:00PM. The office will be CLOSED on Saturday and Sunday. Please do not come in or call over the weekend..

What happens when I complete the Driver Education Program?
Upon successful completion of the course (that is, when all driving time is complete, all lecture time is complete, all written assignments are turned in) you will receive a MV-285 completion certificate. This certificate is proof to the DMV and your insurance company that you have completed a NYS approved Driver Education Course. The MV-285 will be handed out on the last day of class. New York State prohibits us from mailing these certificates. .

Does this Driver Education Program schedule and provide me with a car for my road test?
No. You can schedule your road test online at the DMV website (

What do I need to bring to my road test?
You will need to be in a legally registered, insured car; and of course you’ll need your learner’s permit.
5 Hour (Pre-Licensing) Certificate – (You do not need this if you have your MV-285).
MV-285 (Completion Certificate) – You can take your road test without this form, it may just mean you will have to take this form to a DMV office location after you have passed your road test. If you do not have this form, you will need the Pre-Licensing Certificate and the MV-262.
MV –262 (Certification of 50 Hours of Supervised Driving) – A parent can fill out this form. It was received at the time you received your permit, or you can download it off the DMV website (

What is a Junior License?
A junior license is issued to any student who has passed their road test and is either under age 17 and took a Driver Education Course, or under age 18 and has not taken a Driver Education Course. A junior license allows a student to drive directly to and from work (with a letter from the employer stating the student’s name and work hours), to Driver Education classes and to college (NOT to high school).


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