The goal of the curriculum is to provide basic driving instruction. Driver Education will include classroom study and behind-the-wheel learning of the everyday operation of a vehicle.
Attendance is a critical piece of the class. Students may have 4 absences in the classroom portion of the course. The fifth absence is an automatic failure of the course.
Regular attendance will fulfill the Vermont requirements of 30 hours in the classroom and six hours of behind-the- wheel training. (New Hampshire students will receive ten hours of behind-the-wheel training.) Every student enrolled must be at least 15 years of age and hold a valid Vermont permit to drive. Space in Driver Education courses is limited; Thetford Academy cannot guarantee course enrollment to all students who may be interested or eligible.
Entrance is determined as follows:
- Students must have their permits by the start of the course;
- Older students are accepted first.
Driver Education is graded numerically, but the final grade will be a pass (P) or fail (F). To pass the course a student must achieve 80% or higher in the coursework. The Driver Education grade will not be included in a student’s GPA. Any student who fails the coursework may retake the course only if an open slot is available without bumping a student already registered for the course.
Note: Licensing regulations differ for residents of Vermont and New Hampshire. New Hampshire students must reach their 16th birthday on or before the last day of the Driver Education course, and must complete 10 hours of behind-the-wheel training to qualify for licensing. New Hampshire students must also obtain a Vermont Learner’s Permit in order to enroll in Driver Education at Thetford Academy.