Dan Weidner, Director of CTE and Driver Education
Each student must pass the classroom portion of Driver Education in order to graduate high school. The 0.25 unit of credit for passing the classroom portion of Driver Education can be met through:
- Passing the Driver Education Classroom course (09650) which includes 30 hours of classroom instruction, or
- Successful completion of a commercial driver education program
or can be waived with credit for students over the age of 18 who
- Possess a valid Illinois driver’s license, or
- A certificate of completion from the Illinois Secretary of State indicating completion of an approved 6 hour adult driver education course.
Participation in the laboratory portion of Driver Education (09660) is elective but required for any person under age 18 to operate a motor vehicle. No credit is earned for the laboratory portion of the course.
To be eligible for enrollment in driver education, all public or private school students must have received a passing grade in at least eight courses during the previous two high school semesters. District 214 students must have earned a minimum of 3.5 units of academic credit toward meeting the district's graduation requirement in the combination of the two consecutive semesters prior to enrollment to be eligible to register for driver education lab (09660). All credit-bearing courses offered in District 214 qualify (8th grade courses cannot be used for eligibility). The eight-course eligibility rule also applies to commercial driving school, who MUST VERIFY with the high school that the student has met this requirement, before issuing a blue slip.
On a space available basis, students may take driver education during the regular school year if their 16th birthday falls before the end of the last day of the school year.
On a space available basis, students may take driver education during summer school if their 16th birthday falls before January 1.