Driver Education Program
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 BTW 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 BTW 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. In the case of District 401, this means non-EPHS students who want to take driver education at the high school must be Elmwood Park residents.
To Enroll in Summer Driver Education
Driver education instruction is available during the summer for EPHS students and for non-EPHS students who reside in Elmwood Park.
If you are interested in taking the 2019 Summer Driver Education course, please click the appropriate link below:
The summer course includes classroom and BTW instruction, but EPHS students who have already passed the classroom portion may take BTW only.
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.
Since the 2017-18 school year, state law has also required 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.