Drivers Education Program

Current Drivers Education Classes

In light of the news that the Helena School District is closing school, please be advised that ALL contact including direct instruction and scheduled drives in your Drivers Education classes need to cease.  In short, school closed is closed to all contact with students.  At this time, the Governor’s mandated closure ends on March 27.  That end date could be extended in a number of ways if deemed necessary by the Governor or our local board.

Time for classroom instruction or drives is undetermined at this time.  In the event instructors cannot do the classroom portion electronically, then both the drives and the classroom work will need to be rescheduled once the school closure is lifted.

Again the current targeted end date is March 27, with our spring break scheduled the next week.  Spring break may be used to make up some of the scheduled drives.

Your patience and understanding is appreciated as we work to figure out how to continue the Driver’s Education classes.

Drivers Education Registration for summer classes has been suspended at this time.  We will share information regarding the registration process and deadlines as well as new summer class schedules as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted in the future.

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.
  3. We place students who live outside of our attendance 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 and a refund of the Drivers Education Fee issued.

CHECK JUNK MAIL OR SPAM IF YOU THINK YOU’VE MISSED AN EMAIL.  Or contact:  trafficeducation@helenaschools.org

Age Requirements
  • Winter/Spring 2020 student has to turn 15 years old by: May 31, 2020
  • Summer 2020 student has to turn 15 years old by: August 31, 2020
  • Fall 2020 student has to turn 15 years old by: December 31, 2020
Requirements for Class

Mandatory Parent 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.

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.

All communication is done through email at trafficeducation@helenaschools.org 

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.

Helpful Links
Contact information

Please email trafficeducation@helenaschools.org (or call 324-2123 between 8:30a – 12:30p) with any questions.  Any correspondence regarding driver’s education will be from trafficeducation@helenaschools.org or jsanders1@helenaschools.org.