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"It is the mission of Harwood Union High School to provide an educational and creative environment in which every person is valued as an individual, challenged as a learner and inspired to contribute to a democratic society. As a professional learning organization of all academic departments, we are prepared to work together in order to provide a unique and personalized learning experience for all students."

Driver Education

Driver Education (910)    1/2 credit elective

  • Prerequisite(s): Age 15, and Sophomore, Junior or Senior status and Vermont Learner’s Permit - Elective credit

No student will be given a slot in Driver Education unless a copy of the permit is on file with Wendy Gilbert.  Preference is given to older students during the registration process.

Desired Transferable Learning Skills:

  • Clear and Effective Communication
  • Self-Direction
  • Creative and Practical Problem Solving

What will you Learn?

The purpose of this course is to develop the knowledge, attitudes, decision-making and physical skills that enable students to be safe and responsible participants in the increasingly complex environment of our transportation system.  Students will learn to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the laws, rules and procedures of operating a motor vehicle.
  • Use visual perception skills to evaluate the traffic environment and manage the space around the vehicle by adjusting speed and/or lane position to avoid conflicts.
  • Interact with other users positively within the Highway Transportation System.
  • Protect yourself and others by using vehicle restraints and personal safety skills.
  • Understand and take responsible action in regard to physical and psychological conditions affecting driver performance (such as substance use/abuse, sleep deprivation, fatigue and other emotional factors).
  • Understand the safe maintenance of a motor vehicle and its impact on the environment.
  • Practice with parents/guardians and other adults to develop precision in attitudes, decision-making and physical skills.

How will you be Assessed?

Classroom Phase:

  • Formative Assessment - class discussions, videos/other instructional media, quizzes, homework assignments and guest speakers.
  • Summative Assessment - knowledge test and visual perception test

Driving Phase:

  • Develop driving skills under normal driving conditions in the following areas: residential, highway, gravel road (weather permitting), interstate, city traffic and special maneuvers.
  • Harwood’s Road Test

Parent/Guardian Involvement:

  • You must read and practice the skills included in The Parent’s Supervised Driving Guide and Supplemental Reading for Driver’s Ed.
  • Turn in completed DMV Driving Log and/or Road Ready Printout on or before the due date.