Requirements for Classes
To qualify for a driver’s license before the age of 18, you’ll be required to satisfactorily complete a state approved driver education course consisting of a minimum of 30 hours of classroom time. In addition, a minimum of 6 hours behind-the wheel instruction is required. The full course must take at least 4 weeks. Behind-the-wheel lessons are usually scheduled beginning with the second week of the course. A student must have a minimum of 4 hours of class. Before scheduling behind-the-wheel sessions, they must have obtained an Instruction Permit from the driver’s facility. The Illinois Secretary of State Office also requires an additional 50 hours behind-the-wheel driving (and 10 of those hours must be done at night) supervised by a licensed driver of the age of 21.
Classroom Phase: Only 4 absences are permitted, and missed classes MUST be made up during the following month. If more than 4 classes are missed, the classroom phase must be repeated. On time arrival is expected of every student. After more than three late arrivals, an extra classroom session will be required to pass the course.
Notes: Students are required to have a spiral notebook with them in which to take notes during class time. This is an important part of the curriculum and will be graded. Quizzes and tests will be scheduled throughout the course.
Behind-The-Wheel (BTW) Driving Instruction
All lessons must be satisfactorily completed.
Any behind-the-wheel sessions missed by the student will be charged at a rate of $45.00 per hour. That fee must be paid before any more sessions will be scheduled.
The scheduled BTW time is very important and to be given priority by the student and the student’s family. The instructor will not wait more than 10 minutes for any student who fails to meet him/her at the scheduled time. If a time must be changed, it can be done up to 24 hours in advance by contacting the driving instructor or the school. If changed less than 24 hours, the above fee will be assessed.
Students can sign up for the BTW sessions on the “BTW Schedule” in the classroom or by calling the school. The student is required to call the school the day before the lesson to confirm the appointment.
Students who show up without their valid Instruction Permit, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, without proper attire, or are otherwise unable to take the lesson will be charged for the missed lesson.