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St. Johns County School District Teenage Defensive Driving School

State Farm Insurance
This program is funded in part
by a grant from State Farm.



Our Mission: To provide an affordable, quality driver training program for the youth of St. Johns County.



2016-2017 School Year Drivers Training Courses

Two phases will be held at all St. Johns County public high schools during the 2016-2017 academic year.

All classes are available only to enrolled high school students who reside in St. Johns County. Home school and private school students must attend at the public high school for which they are zoned.

Phase I: Learner Permit Preparation
This program is conducted at each public high school from 8 a.m. till 9 a.m. for a 12-day cycle.

  • Cost: FREE
  • 12-hour class
  • Classroom lecture about the safe operation of a motor vehicle on Florida roadways including road rules and road signs

Student must still complete the 4-hour online Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education Course (TLSAE) prior to receiving their learner permit. Visit www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/TLSAE_providers.html for an approved list of vendors.

Phase II: Behind the Wheel

  • Cost: $300 – A 10% discount is offered to students who successfully completed ‘Phase I – The Learner Permit Class’ offered by the St. Johns County Tax Collector or are enrolled in the Free or Reduced Cost Lunch Program at their respective high school.
  • 27-hour class
  • Designed to improve students’ driving skills and confidence with practical experience
  • Registration & Schedule
  • Students must have at least 20 hours of driving experience prior to taking this class.

Student can only attend at the high school where they are enrolled. Home school and private school students must attend at the public high school for which they are zoned.

Student must attend all days of class. Please make sure to coordinate the dates with sports/activity schedules before you sign up. No make-up days offered.

Our 27-hour program begins with a classroom lecture that focuses on the concepts of being a Defensive Driver, laws that relate to the operation of a motor vehicle, as well as course safety procedures. The 25-hour “Behind the Wheel” portion of the training starts on an off-road site working on braking, backing, stopping, parking, off road recovery and lateral control movements. Once it has been determined that each student can safely control a motor vehicle, we introduce the student to driving in traffic situations as they drive on roadways within St. Johns County with a state certified driving instructor.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:
Chris Keelin – Driver’s Education Coordinator
Email: ckeelin@sjctax.us | driversed@sjctax.us
Phone: (904) 209-2298


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