• Dear Driver Education Parents/Guardians,


    Welcome to Driver Education! We are excited to get started with class and educating your students.  First off, we would like to assure you that your child is going to get a wonderful and educational experience in Drivers Education through Oswego High School.


    Our mission, as a Driver Education department, is to educate your student to be a safe, mindful, skillful, and respectful driver and passenger. 


    Your student will be taking the permit test the first week of class. They can begin studying the Rules of the Road to help them prepare for the exam. https://www.ilsos.gov/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a112.pdf



      1. Eye exam.   Please make sure that students who need glasses or contacts to drive bring those at that time.  If a student can not pass the eye exam, we will need them to take a sheet to their eye doctor for verification which can delay the processing of their permit. 
      2. Permit Test- Need to complete and pass.  If a student fails the permit test they will get the maximum of 3 tries before having to go to the DMV to obtain it on their own.
      3. Permit Application- After a student completes the eye exam and permit test, applications will be printed out by the teacher for the student to take to the parent for both to sign and pay the $20 fee to the secretary of state. (checks are made out to the Secretary of State). Cash and checks only.
      4. After we have the signed permit and payment ($20 cash or check made out to the Secretary of State) an instructor from the school will get the permit processed by the DMV. After we receive the permits back, your students' teacher will pass them back to students who passed the exam. 


    The driving portion, or BTW, will be done once a week during the student's Drivers Education Course time. Each student is required to receive 6 hours of behind the wheel instruction and 6 hours of behind the wheel observation with one of our certified Drivers Ed teachers in order to be eligible for their drivers license. A student will need to pass the required behind the wheel lessons in order to pass the behind the wheel portion of Drivers Ed. 


    We are beyond excited to have your student in class this semester and are dedicated to their education and well-being.  If you have any questions please reach out to your student’s individual teacher.  


    Thank you again, and we look forward to teaching your student!




    Oswego High School Driver Education Department

    Lauren Anderson landerson01@sd308.org (Kinetic Wellness Department Chair)

    Brian Cronin bcronin@sd308.org (classroom teacher)

    Marc Kersting mkersting@sd308.org (Classroom Teacher/BTW Instructor)

    Mike Machetta mmachetta@sd308.org (BTW Instructor) 

    Dave Nielsen dnielsen@sd308.org (BTW Instructor)

    Shaunise Thomas sthomas01@sd308.org (BTW Instructor)

    Jeff Edwards jedwards@sd308.org (BTW Instructor)


Kinetic Wellness - Drivers Education

  • Driver Education - 1/2 credit (1 Semester)
    Graduation Requirement
    Lab Fee: $400; Instructional Permit $20.00 
    The Driver Education Program is an integrated two-phase program taught over an 18-week semester. The two phases consist of classroom and behind the wheel (on street driving), which exceed the requirements set by the State of Illinois.
    Driver Education Eligibility: Students are eligible to sign up for classes if they fulfill the state requirements. Students are assigned into sections according to birth dates (when they turn 15) listed below
    State Requirements: Students must receive a passing grade in a minimum of eight (8) courses during the previous two (2) semesters. Students must then complete an application for instructional permit to the Secretary of State with a check for $20.00 along with passing a written permit test and vision test. Students must be 15 to obtain an instructional permit.
    Students must pass both the classroom and driving phases in order to be eligible to get their license. They must also attend a minimum of thirty 30 hours of classroom and drive for a total (BTW) of six (6) hours. State law also requires each student to complete fifty (50) hours of practice driving with an adult (outside of class) to qualify for an Illinois license. Ten (10) of those hours must be in night driving conditions. These fifty (50) hours must be documented on the student driver log sheet.

    Permit information: Students will receive a letter from the Driver Education department prior to the start of the term in which the students will be in the driver education class. This letter will contain information necessary to prepare for the permit test. Permit tests are now given during the first week of the driver education class. Permits are no longer given out prior to the start of the class. Students can begin studying for the Permit Test with the Illinois Rules of the Road: https://www.ilsos.gov/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a112.pdf