About Peshtigo HS Driver Education

Driver Education Information


Driver Education is a program consisting of classroom and laboratory instruction in driving as well as in attitude development. The classroom phase consists of lectures, activities and discussions of driving maneuvers, road rules, risks and driver attitude. The laboratory phase consists of behind-the-wheel driving. The behind-the-wheel phase teaches the sound operational skills needed for driving. Driver Education is required for all people under the age of l8 years who wish to obtain a Wisconsin Driver's license.


Students need basic skills to drive safely and these skills will be provided in the Driver Education Program at Peshtigo High School. It is believed that safe driving skills are critical lifelong skills affecting the conservation and quality of human life and health. The Driver Education Program at Peshtigo High School will focus on providing learning opportunities which will allow for the development of skills, knowledge, and the thought processes necessary to become safe and efficient drivers.


Driver Education is one of the most important classes that will be taken during a person's lifetime. Learning and obeying the rules of the road, executing defensive driving techniques and being a patient and courteous driver could make the difference between life and death. Therefore, I take my role as educator very seriously. The safety of all of my students, and the roadway users they interact with, is my primary goal. Parents should give serious thought to the quality of the Driver Education Program in which they are sending their child. The Driver Education Program at Peshtigo High School goes above and beyond the required elements to give a well rounded Driver Education experience.

CLASSROOM


Classroom Driver Education will be offered 4 times through the year. Two sessions will be offered during the school year and two will be during the summer.


  • Fall session- The fall session will be during the fall semester meeting right after school on Wednesdays from 3:20-4:30. This format is beneficial to those students involved in sports, they can attend athletic practice after class. This session is given as a blended learning class, students will be required to compete work online. In order for a student to be successful in this blended class they must have reliable internet access and the ability to work independently on coursework outside of class time. This session does not affect the students regular school day schedule.


  • Spring session - The spring session will be during the spring semester meeting right after school on Wednesdays from 3:20-4:30. This format is beneficial to those students involved in sports, they can attend athletic practice after class. This session is given as a blended learning class, students will be required to compete work online. In order for a student to be successful in this blended class they must have reliable internet access and the ability to work independently on coursework outside of class time. This session does not affect the students regular school day schedule.


  • Summer sessions - The summer sessions will be the weeks of June 10-14, June 17-21 and June 24-28. Class times are 8:00am to 10:00am or 10:15am to 12:15pm. These sessions are given as a traditional type class with some online work required.


Requirements for students to take Classroom Driver Education at Peshtigo High School:

  • must be at least 15 years of age before the first day of the class.

  • must be able to complete a minimum of 30 hours of instruction.

  • live within the Peshtigo School District and/or attend Peshtigo High School.


Students have the opportunity to select the class that best suits their schedule and learning needs. The number of class offerings and the student's placement is dependent on the number of students registering for class sections and student birthdays.


Registration is currently open for:

  • Summer 2019


Complete the registration form below to register for an upcoming Driver Education classroom session.

BEHIND THE WHEEL


The behind-the-wheel phase of Driver Education will be conducted throughout the year as needed. Driving lessons will be scheduled online after the student receives their instruction permit. Students must be a minimum of 15 years 6 months old and completed the classroom phase in order to receive their instruction permit (temps) to begin driving. Instruction permits will be issued as close to your child’s 15 year 6 month birthday as possible and practical. It will be the student’s responsibility to have their application signed by Mr. Ahrens prior to going to the Department of Motor Vehicle office to get their permit. The student must attend a minimum of six hours driving and six hours observation in the Driver Education car to complete the behind-the-wheel phase. When scheduling driving lessons the student must be sure they can attend both the driving and observation time listed on the calendar appointment. Missed driving/observation lessons will not be tolerated and will result in a two month wait period before their next driving lesson.

FEES

The fee for Peshtigo High School Driver Education is $150.00. This fee will be collected during the classroom phase and must be paid within the first week of class. Please make check payable to the Peshtigo School District. The Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicle will collect fees for the instruction permit, road test and driver license.

INSTRUCTION PERMIT RESTRICTIONS

When operating with an instruction permit the student must be accompanied by a driver with at least two years licensed driving experience who currently holds a valid regular (not probationary or occupational) license. The accompanying driver must occupy the passenger seat beside the applicant and be one of the following:

  • ​A qualified instructor age 19 or older

  • A parent, guardian or spouse, age 19 or older

    • Immediate family members of the permit holder may ride in the back seat

  • A person 21 years of age or older. If the permit holder is under 18 years old, the accompanying licensed person is required to have written authorization from the minor's parent or guardian prior to the operation of the vehicle.

During hours of darkness, student must be accompanied by a qualified instructor or a licensed person 25 years of age with at least two years of licensed driving experience occupying the seat beside them.

PROBATIONARY LICENSE RESTRICTIONS

When operating with a probationary license the student can drive alone, limited to only one passenger other than immediate family or a qualified adult.No driving between midnight and 5am, unless traveling between home and school or work. Restrictions are for the first 9 months of holding the probationary license. Restrictions can be extended if student gets a traffic ticket, the probationary license is suspended or revoked or they are in violation of their restrictions.


No cellular phone use when driving with a probationary license.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Visit the Peshtigo Driver Education Web Page, email or phone Mr. Ahrens for additional information or clarification. The web page will continue to be updated with current information regarding the PHS Driver Education program.