Drivers Education Program

Summer Classes

Summer Registration is CLOSED.  Deadline for Summer classes was extended to April 12 at 4:00pm.

A waiting list has been developed and parents will be notified the week of April 22 (or sooner)  if student(s) did not get into a class.  Refunds will be given if student does not get into a class after waiting period.

Class confirmation emails will be sent out the week of April 22nd (or sooner) for successful students.  No refunds will be given after class begins.

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

All classes are formed in Date of Birth order with older students having class preference.

Fall class schedules and registration will not be open or uploaded here until August 26.

Age requirements
  • Summer 2019 student has to turn 15 years old by: August 31, 2019
  • Fall 2019 student has to turn 15 years old by: December 31, 2019
  • Winter/Spring 2020 student has to turn 15 years old by: May 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 & 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.

All communication is done through email at jsanders1@helenaschools.org or by calling 324-2123.

Helpful Links
Contact information

Please email trafficeducation@helenaschools.org or call (406) 324-2123 with any questions.  Any correspondence regarding driver’s education will be from jsanders1@helenaschools.org.