The Driver Education program at Elmwood Park High School consists of both classroom and supervised behind-the-wheel instruction.
State law requires all driver education students to pass 30 hours of classroom instruction. For EPHS students, that means passing Driver Education — Classroom with a 60 percent and being in the classroom for at least 30 hours.
In addition, state law requires all driver education students to pass six hours of supervised behind-the-wheel instruction and 12 hours of supervised instructional observation. Successfully completing Driver Education — Behind the Wheel will satisfy those requirements.
To Enroll in a Driver Education Course
According to the Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/27-24.2), a student must be enrolled in high school and receive a passing grade in at least eight courses during the previous two semesters prior to enrolling in a driver education course.
As required by state law, both the classroom and behind-the-wheel portions of a public school district's driver education curriculum must be open to students within the district who don't attend a public school.
Topics Covered in Driver Education
In our driver education courses, students develop the knowledge, attitudes, habits and skills necessary for the safe operation of motor vehicles. Topics include distracted driving as a major traffic safety issue.
In addition, students receive instruction on the special hazards existing at — and the required safety and driving precautions that must be observed at — emergency situations, highway construction and maintenance zones, and railroad crossings and approaches.
Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, state law requires instruction concerning law enforcement procedures for traffic stops, including a demonstration of the proper actions to be taken during a traffic stop and appropriate interactions with law enforcement.
To Learn More
For more information about the EPHS Driver Education program and the instruction it provides, please visit the links below.