Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have one-week classes? Yes! We offer one-week classes (we call them Accelerated Classes) during school vacation weeks and during the summer months.

Do you pick up and drop off my child at my house? No. We pick up at the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. If we picked up at homes, we would not have time to teach all the maneuvers students need to perfect. We have 23 different skills we evaluate on every drive, including parallel parking and the rotary. 

What if my child misses a class? Missing Class #1 is not an option. In that class we go over all aspects of how the program works and students must be present.  Students who miss any other class (2-15) must make up the actual class missed as each one covers distinct curriculum.  Please call Rich Dushanek at Comm. Ed. (978-266-2525) to find out when the class needed will next be offered.   

Will a missed class delay my child taking on-road lessons? Yes, if he or she missed any of classes 2 - 5. Those cover the rules of the road and must be completed before a student can have an on-road lesson.

How old must my child be to take the Driver Education class? At least 15 years, 9 months old.

How much does the class cost? The cost depends on the class format; prices range from $499 - $699 for Acton and Boxborough Residents.  Out-of-town students pay an additional $50.

What does the fee include?  The full Driver Education Package includes:

  • 30 hours of Classroom instruction
  • 12 Hours of in-car driving instruction 
  • 6 Hours of in-car observation 
  • State mandated 2 Hour Parent Meeting

Who are the Comm. Ed. instructors? All members of our Driver Ed. staff are fully certified, having  completed RMV requirements to become Professional Driving School Instructors. Our instructors have an average of 10 years’ experience.

How do I sign up my child for Driver Education?   

  • Register online at https://registration.xenegrade.com/abschools OR
  • Call the office and register over the phone at 978-266-2525

Does my child need a Learner's Permit to attend Driver Education class? No. However, students must have their permit in hand for all in-car driving lessons.

How does my child get a Learner’s Permit? You need to go to the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) to obtain a permit. Your child can study for the Permit test by reading the manual on-line at the RMV website.   Note: When you pay for your child’s Learner’s Permit, you may also want to pre-pay for the License and Road Test. Doing so will save time in the Road Test/License process.

Is the Parent Meeting required?  Yes. The RMV requires at least one parent or guardian attend the Parent Meeting BEFORE a student can begin his/her in-car driving or observations.  Ideally this will be the parent/guardian who will be doing the majority of driving with the child, but both parents are encouraged to come. This class certificate is good for five years.  

How does my child sign up  for driving/observing? Once a parent/guardian has attended the RMV mandated Parent Meeting, then by the fifth class, your child will be given a sign-in and password for the In-Car Lesson Scheduling site.  All in-car appointments are scheduled online.  We strongly encourage  students to schedule their own appointments.  A copy of the student’s Learner’s Permit must be submitted to the Community Education Office prior to scheduling driving appointments.  No exceptions.  

Does my child need to sign up with a partner? No. Our scheduling software has 2 hour blocks with 2 students per appointment block. One student drives for an hour while the other observes, then they switch. Your child can sign up for any open appointment.

How long will it take to complete the in-car lessons? The answer depends on how old your child is when s/he begins Driver Education.  A student who begins class when s/he is between 15 years, 9 months and 16 years old  will need to wait until s/he turns 16 to obtain a permit. The best approach is to spread the in-car lessons over the next 4-6 months as students need to be at least 161/2  to be eligible to go for their Driver License.  The RMV requires students to have a permit for 6 months and complete a driver education program before taking a Driver License Test.

Students are required to practice driving at home in between lessons with us, so we strongly encourage appointments not be made any closer than every 3rd day (e.g. Monday, Thursday, Sunday).  

Can my child take In-Car Lessons during the school day?  Yes. If your child has a free period, some instructors are able to do lessons during the school day.  Students should email Rich Dushanek (rdushanek@abschools.org) their availability and he will coordinate with the instructor.

How does my child take the road test? – Visit the Scheduling a Road Test page for full details.


If you ever have questions for the RMV, try calling their Customer Service Line:

857-368-8115


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