Jeff Jerdee, Program Administrator
Each student must pass the classroom portion of Driver Education in order to graduate high school. Participation in the laboratory portion of Driver Education is elective but required for any person under age 18 to operate a motor vehicle. Students are awarded .25 units of credit for successful completion of classroom Driver Education. No credit is earned for the laboratory portion of the course.
On August 15, 1993, the governor signed into law Public Act 88-188 which established a new eligibility requirement for public and private school students who request the Driver Education course. Beginning second semester of the 1993-94 school year, and in all subsequent years, all public or private school students must have received a passing grade in at least eight courses during the previous two high school semesters in order to be eligible for enrollment in driver education. 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 (966) 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.