Driver Education

.50 Credit      1.0 Weight

Theory:  This theory portion of driver’s education is offered as an online course only. Students are expected to complete the course during their tenth (10th) grade year at their own pace, on their own time.  Students not successfully completing the course may be required to be scheduled during their flex period for assistance in course completion.  The theory course includes the study of good driving habits, judgment and foresight, as well as defensive driving techniques.  Students also study the state driving manual and the laws of nature as they apply to driving.  In order to understand the complexity of driving, students study the effects of alcohol and drugs on driving performance and the physical, mental, and emotional factors that affect performance.  

Behind-the-Wheel*:  This practical phase is not offered by West Shore School District.  Students may opt to pay for this experience, which involves six (6) hours of behind-the-wheel training to meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements.  Students are exposed to most driving situations and conditions relating to local, rural, expressway, and city driving.  Students must contact the driver education instructor for information on how to schedule Behind-the-Wheel time.

*NOTE:  Upon satisfactory completion of theory and behind-the-wheel requirements, students may qualify for an insurance rate reduction and/or a senior license at age 17 ½.


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