• Manhattan Public Schools
    Traffic Safety Education

    Your Driver Education Team for the 2020-2021 school year is Mr. Jerry C. Bauer, Ms. Jordan Dreessen and Mr. Doug Whitmer. Mr. Bauer and Ms. Dreessen are the contacts for the course and have Manhattan email addresses: jbauer@mhstigers.org and jdreessen@mhstigers.org

    Please direct questions and/or concerns to us and not to the high school office as we are responsible for the driver education program.
    Spring Session 2021 will start on Wednesday, February 10th with a Parent and student meeting and run approximately until Thursday March 18th, 2021. Students enrolled in the course must reach their 15th birthday within six months of course completion as prescribed in MCA 61-5-106. Class placement is based on age and residence with older students and those living in the Manhattan School district given first choice. It is not first come first served.
    There are two requirements for students to pass traffic education. One requirement is to complete ALL homework.  The class portion will be taught on-line. Students will have a daily assignment with the opportunity to complete the homework between the hours of 6:00 am and 10:00 pm.
    The second requirement is for students to successfully complete  6 hours of driving and 6 hours of observation. Drive and observation times will occur after school from 4:00 - 6:00 or 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  There likely will also be drive and observations on President Break, February 12-16, 2021.  Schedules are made by the instructor and will be available at the Parent Meeting. (Instructors are receptive to trying to accommodate conflicts with the drive schedule within reason).
    Parent Night will be held on Wednesday, February 10th at 6:00 pm in the Manhattan High School Activities Room, MANDATORY attendance for the driver education student and at least one parent.
    A MANDATORY meeting for ALL driver education students will be on Thursday, February 18th at 3:30 in the Manhattan High School Activities Room.  At this meeting students will be given their test for their learner’s permits.
    Application Period is open from Monday, January 18th at 9:00 am  - Thursday, January 28th, at 3:00 pm. Applications are submitted online and can only be submitted during this application periods.  The link to the application can be found at the BOTTOM of this page and at the BOTTOM of the Frequently Asked Questions page.  

    Before Applying: Review this Overview page, the Frequently Asked Questions page and the MT Graduated Drivers Licensing PDF file carefully to understand all details of the application process and the Traffic Safety Course.  Most questions regarding the application process can be answered by viewing these instructions.  Details can also be found on the OPI Drivers Education Resouces Page.

    After Applying: A submission confirmation email will be sent to the email address that was entered into the Parent/Guardian #1 field on the application.  If you do not receive this email, contact Jerry Bauer (jbauer@mhstigers.org) or Jordan Dreessen (jdreessen@mhstigers.org) by the end of the application period, so it can be verified that you have an application submitted. If this occurs over the weekend, resubmit another application, take a screenshot of the application and leave a message. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

    Acceptance and Wait Lists Posted: Monday, February 1st by 9:00 amon the glass doors outside the Manhattan High School Main Office. Classes are filled with the oldest students first. It is not first come first served. If your student does not make it into the session, you must reapply for subsequent sessions.

    Letter of Acceptance: If your student is accepted, you will receive an email no later than Monday, February 1st. 
    Payment Period: Monday, February 1 - Thursday, February 4th at 3:00 pm.
    Payment Deadline: Thursday, February 4th, 3:00 p.m.  NO Exceptions
    Fee: $350

    Next Session
    : We have 2 traffic ed sessions per year, Fall and Spring. Each session has its own online-only application period. 
    We are looking forward to presenting an excellent driver education program for the Manhattan Community and getting to know and work with each of you.

    Your Driver Education Team
    Application for Spring 2021 has concluded