About the Pittsford Driver Education Program
The Pittsford Central School District is planning on offering a modified Driver Education Program following NYS Education Department of Traffic Safety guidelines. Please check this website for updates on the registration process. Contact the Driver Education Coordinator, Tom Welsher 267-3439 with any questions. Thank you for your patience.
The philosophy of Pittsford Central Schools Driver Education Program is to provide all current Pittsford students with a quality program which follows the NYS Education Department of Traffic Safety. The program provides a high level of customer satisfaction by providing program options, flexible schedules and responsiveness to individual student needs.
Driver Education Requirements
Fall 2022 Program
*Registration for classes offered is subject to the availability of qualified instructors.
Program is only available to Pittsford students. Pittsford Central Schools will make every effort to accommodate all students who have enrolled. Students must be 16 and have a permit by the first driving class.
Please be aware that you should schedule an appointment to take your Learner's Permit as soon as possible, if you haven't already done so. There may be a long wait for Learner's Permit tests at this time.
If you will be involved with sports, work, vacations or a school play that will interfere with your Driver Education schedule and you are unable to successfully complete the program, it may be wise to postpone this course until such conflicts are resolved.
What you will need to register:
Photo of student's permit/license (can be added later as long as it is in hand before the first driving session)
Students are required by the State of New York to participate in a 48-hour course of instruction. This includes 24 hours of classroom instruction (theory) and 24 hours of driving and observation (in car practice). The State will not issue the MV-285 Certification of Completion unless the 48 hours have been completed. This program teaches students proper techniques, laws, and responsibilities pertaining to driving in New York State. It also provides the mandated 5-hour NYS Pre-licensing certificate. The Certificate of Completion allows a 17 year old to obtain his/her senior license and drive at night. It also provides a certificate to your insurance company, which should provide you with a discount.
Students must pass the theory and driver portions of the course with a 65% or better in order to receive a course completion certificate (MV-285)
Students are required to take all theory classes, complete all assignments and driving classes. Any absence must be made up. Failure to attend sessions could result in the student not earning the MV-285 Completion Certificate or being dropped for the program with NO REFUND.
Theory Classes -
The program includes 24 hours of instruction in a hybrid format. Students will attend online lectures (1.5 hours each) through Zoom once a week on Sunday or Wednesday. Students will also attend one, in-person class a week (1.5 hours each) on either Monday or Tuesday. (Theory class is twice a week for about 8 weeks.)
A student may miss one theory class during the course with no charge. Additional absences after that will be made up at the end of the program at rate of $25 per class. If a student misses a third class, he/she may not be eligible to receive the Certificate of Completion (MV-285).
Students are encouraged to contact the program coordinator and their instructor as soon as they know they will be absent for a scheduled theory class. Theory is taught on multiple nights of the week. It may be possible to have a student join a different class, but this can only be done at the discretion of the instructor/program coordinator.
Options subject to change based on registration.
Mon. 7:00-8:30 PM Sutherland HS AND Sun. 7:00-8:30 PM Zoom. First Session: 9/12 (Zoom will start after first face to face meeting)
Tues. 5:30-7:00 PM Mendon HS AND Sun. 5:30-7:00 PM Zoom. First Session: 9/13 (Zoom will start after first face to face meeting)
Tues. 7:00-8:30 PM Mendon HS AND Wed. 7-8:30 PM Zoom. First Session: 9/13 (Zoom will start after first face to face meeting)
Driving Classes - For the behind the wheel driving portion, students must complete 24 hours of driving/observation with a certified driving instructor (once a week). A student may miss and make up two driving sessions during the course. Any absence will be made up at a rate of $25 per session. Students are encouraged to contact the program coordinator as soon as they know they will be absent for a scheduled driving class. If more than two driving classes are missed, we may not be able to accommodate your needs and you will not be able to receive a completion certificate.
Students are encouraged to contact the program coordinator (Tom Welsher) as soon as they know they will be absent for a scheduled skill session.
Driving Options- (Students will pick one)
(Classes will always start and end at either MHS Main Entrance or SHS Main Entrance)
**Options subject to change based on registration.
Monday Sessions: Sutherland 3:30-5:00 PM; First session 9/12
Tuesday Sessions: Mendon 3:30-5:00 PM; First session 9/6
Wednesday Sessions: Sutherland 3:30-5:00 PM; First session 9/7
Thursday Sessions: Mendon 3:30-5:00 PM; First session 9/8
Mendon: 7-8:30 AM, 8:30-10 AM, 10-11:30 AM; First session 9/10
Sutherland 7-8:30 AM, 8:30-10 AM, 10-11:30 AM; First session 9/10
Mendon 7:30-9AM, 9-10:30 AM, 10:30-12PM; First session 9/11
Mendon 7:30-9AM, 9-10:30 AM, 10:30-12PM; First session 9/11
Cost-$600 ($20 increase from 2021 due to fuel costs)
- Payment can be made through My School Bucks (link in the registration process) or checks can be written to Pittsford Driver Education and sent to 75 Barker Rd. East Wing. Pittsford, NY 14534; Attention: Treasurer.
- Payment must be made by July 8, 2022 or students may be dropped from the program.
- Staffing is scheduled based on registration. Once a student has registered for the program there are NO REFUNDS.
- Please consider potential conflicts that may interfere with completing program requirements.
Pittsford Driver Education will be using FamilyID for registration.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Fall 2022 Registration is closed, but limited spots may be available.
Spring 2023 program will begin in late January. (Look for program details in October.)
Click FamilyID Registration link to register.