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Driver's Education - Classroom Theory and Behind-the-Wheel Training

PLEASE NOTE: While the state has given schools permission to open for instruction on July 1, 2020, school districts must have a health/safety plan in place that has been approved by both the School Board and the State in order to reopen. This plan has not yet been approved. We will update this page with details upon plan approval.

When we are allowed to resume lessons, we will prioritize currently enrolled students in the following way:
  • Students needing to be tested will be rescheduled before any lessons.
  • Students who are ready for their fifth lessons will be rescheduled next, and their tests will be scheduled.
  • Where possible, lessons will be scheduled closely together to move students through as quickly as possible.
  • Any graduating seniors will be moved up in the schedule.
  • Drivers with upcoming test eligibility will be rescheduled to the best of our ability.
  • Some driving schedules will be altered and lessons will be moved to different dates/times.
We encourage you to visit PennDOT’s page for more information: https://www.penndot.gov/pages/coronavirus.aspx

When we are allowed to resume, we will implement safety protocols to protect both students and teachers. Some of those protocols may include requiring masks, wiping down frequently touched areas of the cars after each lesson, and asking those who are sick to reschedule lessons.

While we are closed, we encourage you to continue practice driving with your child, and to make use of the at-home time to review instructional videos. Visit here for some good resources: PENNDOT YOUTUBE Channel

Any online theory classes can continue during the closure, so long as the provider is operating on a normal schedule. Please check with your provider for details.

Finally, if your child was mid-program with us when the shutdown occurred and you would like a refund for classes missed, we are glad to accommodate. Please email Jennifer Leddy at jleddy@pvsd.org to request your refund.

CLASSROOM THEORY OFFERINGS

In order to take our Behind-The-Wheel Training course, students must first complete a state-approved 30-hour theory course. The following provider offers a discount to PV residents:

Blue Bell Driving School ($75 for 30-hour online course). Please register over the phone to get the discount: (610) 397-0727.

The following providers have been approved by the state and are offered in Montgomery County, but do not offer discounts specific to PVSD residency. (Other discounts may be available through insurance companies or agreements to sign up for roadside assistance programs):

Cantors Driving School
Complete Auto Driving School
Driver Training Services
John's Driving School
My Turn to Drive School
Petaccio's Driving School
Driversed.com



BEHIND-THE-WHEEL TRAINING

PV Community Ed is proud to offer six hours of on-the-road driving plus the Pennsylvania State Driver's Test. Lessons are scheduled after school and Saturday mornings at Perkiomen Valley High School. To enroll in the course, students must have a valid PA permit, and must have completed a state-approved 30-hour theory course. Proof of this must be provided when signing up for the Behind-the-Wheel course. Please complete the registration packet below to register. Call (610) 489-8506, ext. 1125 for additional information.



Frequently Asked Questions

Q. My child just got his/her driving permit. What should I do next?
A. Great! You should register for our Behind-the-Wheel program as soon as possible. The sooner we have your application, the sooner we can match your child up with an instructor that has availability to meet your scheduling needs. Please be advised that typically we schedule lessons to begin several weeks after we receive an application. It is rare for us to be able to schedule a student for lessons that start immediately.

Q. Why is there a waiting period before lessons can be scheduled?
A. There are several reasons why it takes us time to schedule students. We have a limited pool of instructors who have varying levels of availability and we only have two vehicles dedicated to driving lessons. In addition, we accept registrations on a rolling basis. All of these factors have an impact on how quickly we can schedule students. 

Q. But I forgot to submit my paperwork on time - isn’t there any way you can squeeze my child in?
A. We apologize, but we cannot make exceptions. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis and it would not be fair to others if we rearranged schedules.

Q. Are there any requirements I need to be aware of before sending in my child’s registration form?
A. Yes. Your child must have a valid permit and have completed a state-approved 30-hour theory course. He or she must also be 16 or older, and be currently enrolled in high school. 

Q. My child has started a 30-hour theory course. May I sign him/her up for Behind-The-Wheel lessons anyway?
A. Not anymore. While we used to accept students who were in the process of completing this requirement, we are now following best practice as provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, which recommends that students complete this course before starting a Behind-the-Wheel program.

Q. Where can I find a state-approved 30-hour theory course? 
A. We have listed several options here on this webpage (look to the column on the left). 

Q. How early can my child start a theory course?
A. Students can sign up to take theory courses at age 15. In fact, we recommend that students start taking the theory course at least three months in advance of the date he/she will get his/her permit, so that Behind-the-Wheel lessons can begin as soon as the theory course has been completed. 

Q. Can my child take PVSD’s Behind-the-Wheel course if he/she is not a PV student?
A. Yes, so long as your child lives in the Perkiomen Valley School District. Currently, we serve only district residents. 

Q. What happens once you receive my child’s application?
A. When we receive an application, we first check it to make sure that all required components of the application have been included. If we do not have a copy of your child’s permit, proof of theory course completion, or payment, we will contact you for the missing information and your application will be placed on hold until we receive what is required. Once we have all the information, we will review what you have provided and assign your child to an instructor that has a schedule that best matches your child’s availability. The instructor will then reach out to you and your child via email or phone with suggested lesson dates and times. 

Q. How much does the course cost?
A. It costs $375. If it is a hardship to pay this amount upfront, you may call the Community Education Department to discuss paying by installment, or submit a request for financial aid

Q. Can I request a certain instructor?
A. Yes, but please be advised that your request may affect how quickly we are able to schedule your child for lessons.

Q. How long are the lessons and where do they take place?
A. Lessons are approximately an hour and will start and end in the student lot near the gymnasium steps of the high school. Driving routes are on-campus and throughout the Collegeville area to give students experience driving in residential areas, on highways, and in town. Parking is also practiced at various locations on campus. 

Q. What if my child misses a lesson?
A. If a scheduled appointment is missed, the student and instructor will reschedule at a mutually acceptable date/time. This may be after the original last lesson. 

Q. What about testing?
A. Testing takes place during the final lesson. Please note that we reserve the right to postpone testing if we cannot agree that a reasonable level of driving competency has been achieved. 

Q. What are the requirements for testing?
A. A student must: 
  • Meet the requirement of 65 hours of supervised skill building training - including 10 night-time hours and five poor-weather hours.
  • Complete the first five hours of Behind-the-Wheel training.
  • Be a competent driver.
  • Take the test on a day that is not a Sunday or a holiday.
Q. What if I feel my child needs more than 6 lessons?
A. You may schedule additional lessons at a rate of $60 an hour.