Traffic Safety Education
North Kitsap and Kingston High School
"Take it from the best"
There is no substitute for quality
Dr. Paul Christensen
DOL Driver's Guide Tests (written test) coming!
NKHS - June 12th rm 404 - 2:00pm
KHS - May 29th rm 217 - 2:00pm
Click on the DOL written & drive test sign-up link (to the left) to pay for test! ($35 for both tests)
Drive Test will be scheduled after successful written test completion.
If you have already taken the written test-click on sign-up link to pay for drive test. All drive tests will take place at NKHS-Technology bldg until further notice. All drives are by appointment only-24hr notice to cancel-No shows to drive test forfeit their payment.
Drive Tests will be scheduled for June 8th, 2013-Starting @ 2:00pm- We have been scheduling driving tests each Saturday since February. All Saturday's prior to the listed date are full. When school is out we will be scheduling drive tests on a designated weekday.
Class begins on June 18th @ NKHS and June 18th @ KHS 8-10am at both schools
Classes are held at both high schools.
Bring your application and fee into the main office and person indicated on the application form. Please do not mail.
DOL Written Test will be offered after each quarter class
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it true that my teenager can "now" get the Dept of Licensing (DOL) testing through the North Kitsap School District traffic safety program?
YES! We are excited to announce that effective this school year, the NKSD will be partnering with the DOL to administer both the "Knowledge Test" (written) and "Skills Test" (on road) . Any student who has completed a Traffic Safety Education course is eligible to take the tests immediately. There is no waiting period to take the tests. The "Skills Test"(on road) will be using the TSE cars for the test. The DOL is not currently scheduling these exams for anyone under 18. There will be an additonal fee of $35 for the testing. The same as the DOL charges. Testing has started for both written and drive tests.
Department of Licensing "Knowledge Test" (written test)
NKHS: June 12, 2013
KHS: May 29, 2013
Please bring the following:
1. Current Learner's permit
2. Picture ID (if not on Learner's permit
3. TSE completion certificate
4. Receipt for payment of $35 (see above for instructions)
5. The written test will be corrected immediately, those who successfully complete the exam will be scheduled for the driving test.
6. The "Skills Test"(on road) will be using the TSE cars for the test.
When and where are TSE classes held?
Classes are held at both high schools. Mon/Wed at NKHS(room 404) and Tue/Thur at KHS(room 217). Both class are held after school from 3-5pm. Summer classes run from 8-10am at both high schools 3-4 days a week. The school year class is 8 weeks long while the summer course is 5 weeks.
Do I need an instructional driving permit?
Yes, All registered students will receive information about how to acquire their permit without taking the test. The application for the permit will be given to the student on the night of orientation.
When will my son/daughter drive their lessons and how many lesson are there?
All behind-the-wheel drives for the students are coordinated with the classroom teacher during class. All students will have the opportunity to drive 6 behind-the-wheel drives lasting approximately one hour each. All behind-the-wheel drives are coordinated outside of the classroom hour. We cannot stress enough, the importance of parents picking up their students after their lessons.
How much driving practice should I do with my son/daughter?
We, off course, want your student to have a positive and enjoyable experience when learning to drive and feel as instructors that the parent involvement component is critical to the success of the student becoming a successful, safe and conscientious driver. The actual amount of practice time that we consider reasonable would be no less than 10 hours for the duration of the class. The new state licensing law requires certification of 50 hours of behind-the-wheeel practice with a licensed driver, 10 of the 50 hours must be at night.
What are some of the major requirements to take traffic safety in the North Kitsap School District?
First and foremost, the student must be at least 15 years of age on the first day of class and have a driving permit by the end of the first week of class. The application for the permit will be given to the student on the night of the orientation. It is the parent's and student's responsibility to get to the Department of Licensing (DOL). Students are required to attend 90% of all classroom sessions. Missing more than two classes will result in the student failing the class due to state required classroom contact time and loss of class fee. All classroom work must be completed during the quarter enrolled. The driving portion of the class must be completed in 16 weeks, which includes the eight weeks of the class and the eight weeks following class completion.
Why take Traffic Safety through the NKSD program versus the "private driving schools"?
"For starters, the NKSD traffic safety program has a proven track record of over 50 years of successful students passing our course." The private companies cannot make that claim, they haven't been in business that long. Our program and its experienced instructors have a state regulated curriculum that covers all facets of driving to ensure our students are getting a quality program for the amount of money their parents are investing. Our classroom sessions mirror our behind-the-wheel driving lessons to make sure there is continuity and consistency. Some of the private commercial companies have only been in the business a very short while and are looking for a "quick dollar" and do not offer an extensive quality program for their students.
What is the cost of the NKSD program compared to the "private driving schools"?
Our price is $410. We do not have any hidden costs like the private driving schools will have. As some of the private driving schools are claiming a "cheaper" price, remember the added cost of driving your son or daughter every time "to and from" class as well as "to and from" the behind-the-wheel drives. How much is gas money, wear and tear on your vehicle and your time worth? Our classes are right after school at your student's school therefore you only have to pick up your student. Our behind-the-wheel drives are,for the most part, right after school and again you only have to pick up your student after the lesson.
How can the "private driving schools" run a shorter program during the school year?
While our program is 8 weeks long, private driving programs may only be 5-6 weeks long. We do give our students more depth in their learning as well as guest speakers to interact with our students. Since state law requires waiting 6 months until students can apply for their license after getting their permit a 6 week course has no advantage over an 8 week course. As our program is longer, we can assure that you are getting more instruction.
What are your classroom and behind-the-wheel driving requirements compared to the "private driving schools"?
The bare minimum the State of Washington requires is 30 classroom hours and 6 behind-the-wheel hours which most private commercial companies adhere to. Any extra lessons will cost you extra with the private companies. The NKSD traffic safety program has 34 hours of classroom instruction, 6 behind-the-wheel drives totaling over 6 hours of actual driving and 12 hours of observation time in the car which involves watching the instruction of our teachers with other students. Our program has always been more extensive in scope compared to the private commercial programs.
How flexible is the NKSD traffic safety program?
We have classes right after school at both of our high schools. For students that can't fit traffic safety in their busy school year schedule, we have our "summer session" which usually starts the Monday after the school year is out and is held at both high schools. During the school year, we offer sessions during each of the 4 quarters of the school year.
Students may apply for any quarter in which they wish to take the class. TSE is an elective class at NKHS and KHS. Successful completion equals a .25 credit. Any high school age student is welcome to apply. Students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis for each quarter, until the maximum number is reached.
The TSE (Driver's Ed.) cost is $410 (check, cash or money order) It is same fee for all students. Fee reduction is no longer available. Please print an application on-line and drop off or send it with the fee to: Attn: NKHS Susan Ray or KHS Lori Camp. A credit card payment is possible see Lori Camp or Susan Ray for details.
Late applications will be considered on a space available basis.
Questions? Email Dr. Paul Christensen at email@example.com or call 360-297-2965
North Kitsap Schools Foundation-Scholarship Information for Traffic Safety Education
Scholarship Information: Scholarships require a separate application to the organization below.
Please click on the webpage below for TSE Scholarship information:
These scholarships have separate application requirements and are mailed to the sponsoring organization.
Go to http://www.nkschoolsfoundation.org
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