Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you don't see what you are looking for, contact Rich Dushanek, the Driver Education Program Administrator, at  rdushanek@abschools.org  or via phone at 978-266-2525 ext 3982 for assistance.

We will return to in-class instruction beginning in August 2021. As we receive updates from the RMV regarding operating protocol, we will post them here.  

How old must my child be to take the Driver Education class? 
They must be at least 15 years, 9 months old. Note: They must be 16 years old before they can obtain the Learner's Permit.

How much does the class cost? 
All classes are $699.  In addition to the class fee, there is also a $15 RMV card processing fee required at the time of registration.

What does the fee include?
The full Driver Education package includes the following:
• 30 hours of classroom instruction
• 12 hours of in-car driving instruction
• RMV mandated 2 hour parent meeting
• 6 hours of observation: As of July 1, 2021, we will return to the 6 hours of in-car observation with fellow students. (Students who received their permits prior to May 29 may continue with the parent/guardian observation. )

How do I sign my child up for Driver Education?
Register online or call our office at 978-266-2525.

What topics are covered in the classroom instruction?
The full list of class topics can be found here

What if my child misses a class?
Missing class # 1 is not an option. In that class, we review all aspects of how the program works and students MUST be present.

The State of Massachusetts requires that students attend ALL class sessions. Students who miss any other class (#2-15) must make up the actual class missed, as each one covers distinct curriculum (i.e. if you miss Class #5, you must make up Class #5). 

Contact Rich Dushanek to find out when the class needed will next be offered. If a student misses 3 or more classes, Community Education will charge a $100 fee.  Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students may have to wait longer than usual to make up a class, as we are limited to the number of classes being offered throughout the year. 

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

Does my child need a Learner's Permit to attend the Driver Education program?
No, it is not needed to begin the classroom instruction. However, students must have their Learner's Permit in hand for all in-car driving lessons. If a student does not bring their permit to the in-car driving lesson, the lesson will be canceled and the student will be charged the $60 lesson fee.

How does my child get a Learner's Permit?
You must go online to the RMV website in order to schedule an in-person appointment to obtain a permit. Your child can study for the permit test by reading the manual online at the RMV website.  Note: When you pay for the 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 to attend a Parent Meeting  before a student  can begin their in-car driving lessons. Ideally, this will be the parent/guardian who will be doing the majority of driving with the child, but both parents are encouraged to attend. This class certificate is good for five years.


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

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

Students use our scheduling software to sign up for 1 hour blocks with an instructor, and can sign up for any open appointment.  Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, both the student and instructor must wear masks. *Beginning July 1, 2021, students will sign up for 2 one hour blocks: one hour of driving and one hour of observation.

How long will it take to complete the in-car driving lessons?
The answer depends on how old children are when they begin the Driver Education program. Students who begin class when they are between 15 years, 9 months old and 16 years old will need to wait until they turn 16 to obtain a Learner's Permit. The best approach is to spread the in-car lessons over the next 4-6 months, as students must be at least 16.5 years old to apply for their Driver's License.  The RMV requires students to have a Learner's Permit for 6 months and to complete a Driver Education program before taking a Driver's License test.

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

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 home, we would not have time to teach all the maneuvers that students need to perfect.  We have 23
different skills we evaluate on every drive, including parallel parking and the rotary. 

Can my child take in-car driving 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 at rdushanek@abschools.org with their availability, and he will coordinate with the instructor.

What if my child has to cancel their in-car driving lesson?
If for any reason a student is unable to keep a lesson appointment, they must cancel their appointment online at least 48 hours before the driving is scheduled. A student is allowed to have a substitute fill in for them up until the appointment time.  Failure to cancel in advance or find a substitute results in a $60 fee.

What if my child is late for their in-car driving lesson?
Students should be prompt; instructors book back to back lessons. The instructor will wait 10 minutes after the appointment start time. Once this time has elapsed, the student is considered a "no-show" and will be charged a $60 fee.

How long does my child have to complete the Driver Education program?
Students have one year to complete the Driver Education program from the start of the class.  There is a $100 charge if the student exceeds the one year limit.

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

If you have questions for the RMV, call Customer Service at 857-368-8115.

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