Class will typically follow this structure...
In order to pass Driver’s Ed you MUST pass BOTH the mid-term and final exams. Most class sessions there will be a quiz that assesses your knowledge of the previous session’s assignment. These will be graded and scores will be recorded. Also, they will be taken into consideration if there is hesitation as to whether or not you are prepared to minimize risk and avoid conflict on the road while driving independently. In other words, if there is any question as to whether or not you have the skills and knowledge necessary to pass Driver’s Ed, these grades will be considered.
Don’t miss class. The classroom and drive time requirements are set by law and must be met. All of your hours must be completed face-to-face. Virtual learning is no longer an option at this point.
If something happens and you have no other choice than to miss class, you will attend a make up session after all regular 10 class sessions have concluded (See Policies). At that session you MUST complete the assignment you previously missed and pass that previously missed quiz. Remember, there are legal requirements that must be met. If you do not meet them you will not pass Driver’s Ed, no matter how well you do on the mid-term and final exams. Please text or email your classroom teacher as far ahead of class as possible to let him know if something comes up and you need to miss class.
You can only miss two classes (see policies). On your third, you WILL be dropped from the roster and WILL finish your coursework in the next cycle of Driver’s Ed classes. For example, if you were originally enrolled in the March-April session, you will have to finish Driver’s Ed in the summer.
A5: Keep in mind that classroom instruction and BTW instruction go hand-in-hand. Missing classroom instruction is going to negatively impact your BTW experience. You cannot execute skills if you haven’t yet learned them.
BEHIND THE WHEEL INSTRUCTION
Iowa law mandates that you receive 6 hours of BTW instruction. This results in a total of 6 drives .
Test Drive divides up the classroom roster amongst a handful of BTW instructors. Whoever you are assigned to will be highly qualified, experienced, effective, and dedicated to ensuring your driving experience is a positive one.
After being assigned to you, your BTW instructor will reach out directly to you with the cell phone number you provided upon signing up for Driver’s Ed. With that being said, answer your phone when it rings. Check your voicemail. Your BTW instructor will set up an initial time to drive with you, and from there, you two will work together to schedule the rest of your drives.
Depending on your driving experience, skill level, and BTW instructor’s schedule, you’ll typically drive 1-2 times a week.
Each of your 6 drives will follow a carefully designed route that gives you the opportunity to practice a certain set of driving skills. Your BTW instructor will provide you with feedback and suggestions for areas of improvement. Between your scheduled drives, you should make an effort to work on these areas while driving with your parents or another adult. Your driving will not improve if you do not practice.
The 6th drive with your BTW instructor will be considered a cumulative driving test. This drive will include driving skills that you’ve learned along the way both in the classroom and behind the wheel. You MUST pass it in order to pass Driver’s Ed. You need these skills to be a safe, responsible, defensive driver.
Classroom location will be Room 233 at Marshalltown High School.
Two sections of class are offered to reduce conflicts with activities throughout the week.
Section A: Monday evening and Saturday morning
Section B: Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon
Other dates may be used if available.
Driving lessons will be scheduled throughout the week.
The state of Iowa mandates 6 hours of behind the wheel instruction and 30 hours of classroom instruction. Driving instruction will be individually arranged with instructors. Classroom and driving must be consecutive.
The total cost of the course is $350* and is due at registration or at the first class meeting. If you are a Marshalltown student, please make your payment in the MHS Principal's office to Trina Heimgartner, Business Manager.
*cost can vary based on location.
Driver’s education needs to be one of the student’s top priorities during this time. We will be flexible in scheduling around school activities. Driver’s education should be a priority over all other activities. Students should bring their personal schedules to the first class for scheduling of driving sessions.
Classroom Absences: Students must attend 10 classes. Make up classes will be subject to a $30/class fee for an absence. Only school activities will be considered excused absences.
Driving Session Absences: Any student who fails to show up for their scheduled behind the wheel instruction without prior 24 hour notification from a parent/guardian will be subject to a $40 fee.
Students must pass the classroom AND driving portions of the course to receive the IDOT certificate.
Refund/Return Check/Past Due Policy: