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Driver Education

Driver Education Fall 2023 Session

Driver Education for All Area High School Students

Cardinal O’Hara High School is offering our Driver Education Program for Cardinal O’Hara students and high school students in the community.  Our program, taught by trained professionals, offers students both behind the wheel and classroom instruction in compliance with the New York State Education Department. Satisfactory completion of the program requires 24 hours of vehicle and 24 hours of classroom instruction as well as successfully passing the written and driving skills tests.

Students must have valid New York State Permit or License prior to the start of first class. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and classes fill up fast.

Course Overview

16 In-Classroom Sessions: Every Thursday, October 5, 2023 – February 8, 2024  Students are required to attend all 16 sessions of in-person classroom instruction. No classroom instruction on November 23,  2023 (Thanksgiving Day) and December 28, 2023 (Christmas Recess). Students may have no more than 2 absences, and absences are only allowed for medical or unavoidable emergencies. Make-up classes are required for any absence.

16 In-Car Sessions: October 2, 2023 – February 10, 2024
STUDENTS MUST BRING THEIR DRIVER LICENSE OR PERMIT TO EVERY LESSON OR THEY CANNOT DRIVE. Driving sessions will be every week. There will be no driving sessions on the following holidays:
Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Christmas Recess: December 22- December 30, New Years Eve and New Years Day. Any driving session on these holidays will be made up at the end of the course.
Students are required to attend all 16 sessions of behind the wheel instruction for this program. Absences are only allowed for medical or unavoidable emergencies. Any missed session is required to be made up and will incur a $50 fee for each absence. Failure to make up a missed session will prevent a student from obtaining the MV-285 Student Certificate of Completion. Students will be driving once a week, the same day and time, over the course of 16 sessions. Classes will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

See Registration Form for class times and details.

Cost: $750.00 per student. $100.00 deposit is due with registration and the balance of $650.00 is due the first day of class.

Benefits of Driver Education:

Students who complete all 24 hours of classroom requirements, all 24 hours of in-car requirements and pass this course will receive a NYS Department of Motor Vehicles form MV-285 and insurance certificate which allows:

  • Senior driving privileges (driving past 9 PM) at 17 years of age
  • Possible reduction in insurance premiums by auto insurance companies
To be eligible to receive a DMV Certificate of Completion a student must successfully complete the classroom and in-car driving instruction.  A passing grade is 65 or above. Any student that fails either classroom instruction or in-car instruction will not be issued a certificate. If a student fails one or the other but their combined average is 65 or above, they will be eligible only for the insurance reduction certificate.

Please contact Kristi Sosnowski with any questions at or by phone at 716-695-2600 ext. 309.

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Please indicate your payment amount. $100 Deposit required to secure a spot. Or you may pay the full fee of $750 or any balance due.
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Supported Credit Cards: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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