Drivers Education Program

Drivers Education Fall Session 2023 is now CLOSED for registration applications.

Class notifications of placement or non-placement for Fall 2023 have been sent out September 15th to the email listed on the registration application *monitor your spam and junk mail so emails are not missed*.  Payment information will be included in the placement email.

Session will run approx 9/25/23 through 1/12/24

Cost: $335.00 for the session, DO NOT pay for the session until your student is offered a seat in class and is notified via email confirmation September 18th.

Questions? Please contact:  trafficeducation@helenaschools.org

Age Requirements:

  • Fall 2023 Class – Registration CLOSED
  • Winter/Spring 2024 Class – student has to turn 15 years old by May 31, 2024 – Registration opens January 2nd thru January 10th.
  • Summer 2024 Class – student has to turn 15 years old by August 31, 2024 – Registration opens April 1st thru April 10th.

Available seats for Drivers Education may be limited at times during the year.  The practice for placement of students into classes is outlined below.

  1. Ranked by birth date.  Oldest students have preference for placement.
  2. Once ordered by birth date, we place students into classes using their class preference until classes are full, with preference given to those students who reside or attend within the HSD geographic area.
  3. We place students who reside outside of the HSD geographic area in any remaining seats, again using the process of placing oldest applicant first.
  4. Students who are not placed into a class because of limited available space, will be notified.

Requirements for Class once a seat is offered

Mandatory Parent/Student Meeting
This is required prior to the start of each class.  Bring with you to the mandatory meeting:

  • a parent/guardian driver’s license and a black ink pen
  • student’s birth certificate or passport; and
  • student’s social security card or Montana ID

Two forms of Student ID (must be originals or certified copies of documents).  You may not start the class without these documents.

TO SECURE A SEAT IN CLASS AND BEFORE MANDATORY PARENT/STUDENT MEETING:  e-Payment ($335.00) must be made by credit card, debit card or electronic check by logging into RevTrak here https://helenaschools.revtrak.net/.  Then select Drivers Education; then enter student name, school, and select Instructor name that has been assigned to youNo refunds given after a class begins.

42 Hours of Classroom Instruction
Classes are offered at Helena High School and Capital High School.  Students may register for class at either school, but a parent needs to provide transportation.  Fall and Winter/Spring classes are after school 2-3 times per week. Summer class times vary during the day.  The individual instructors set their own schedules for each session, so no two schedules are ever the same.

Students are allowed two absences (make-up hours & homework are assigned by the instructor).  Since class attendance is mandatory, please take into consideration your family/student schedule (like sports, vacations, jobs).  The third absence is an automatic “unsuccessful” for the entire class.

12 Hours of Driving Observation
Students will drive six times either after school (on days they don’t have class) or on weekends.  Driving time is scheduled by the instructor.  We provide the Driver’s Education car.

6 Hours of Road Instruction
Driving time is scheduled by the instructor.  We provide the Driver’s Education car.

Traffic/Driver’s Education classes are not part of the school district curriculum.
We do not offer adult driver’s education.

For Instructors

To teach traffic education in Montana’s public schools, teachers must have an active Montana educator’s license, an acceptable driving record, and at least 8 semester credits in initial traffic education coursework taken at Montana State University-Northern.