Community Education

SchoolDistrict 622

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Community Education offers teen driver education in cooperation with Safeway Driving School. Safeway Driving School has been graduating teen drivers in the Twin Cities area for over 45 years. Safeway’s only focus is creating safe, responsible teen drivers. Classroom and behind-the-wheel lessons emphasize defensive driving techniques tailored for the inexperienced teen driver while targeting to influence the invincible teen attitude. All of Safeway’s instructors are licensed by the Minnesota Dept. of Public Safety.
Cost of the teen package is $380.00 and includes the classroom and behind-the-wheel lessons, and all materials. Pay in full upon registration or choose the payment plan: $230.00 payable to Community Education upon registration and $150 (two payments of $75 each) payable to Safeway at the behind-the-wheel lessons. 
Classroom instruction prepares the student to take the Minnesota permit test and begin the responsibility of driving. The 30 hours of classroom is structured into 10 independent lessons. Students must be on time for all classes. If a student misses a lesson, they can make up that exact lesson number at the next session or at one of Safeway’s other locations. After class is completed, students that are 15 years old are eligible to take their permit test at any Minnesota exam center. The permit test is not provided during the class. Students can take the class at age 14½ but cannot take their permit test until age 15. No transportation is available for the classroom. 
Behind-the-wheel instruction includes six hours of driving in three, two-hour private lessons. All driving is done in a real car on actual city streets, highways and freeways with a responsible, licensed Safeway instructor. Safeway recommends students take their first lesson 2-3 weeks after receiving their permit. The lessons should be a minimum of 30 days apart to allow for practice driving. The lessons can be completed up to one year after completing classroom. Scheduling is offered online for 24/7 convenience. All of Safeway’s cars are white with identical graphics, so parents and students are confident that it is a Safeway car picking up the student for a lesson. Students can get picked up for their behind-the-wheel lesson from home, school or work.
Parent involvement is required to produce safe, responsible teen drivers. It is critical that parents plan to practice regularly with their new student drivers. The state requires that students have a minimum of 50 hours of practice (15 hours at night). The practice time must be recorded on a state-approved Supervised Driving log and presented at the road test.
Parent Classes are offered once per quarter at either North or Tartan HS. This class is not required but qualifies the parent to receive a certificate that allows their student reduced practice time (from 50 to 40 hours). There is no fee for the classes listed below but registration is required.  At a minimum, Safeway strongly encourages parents to review its parent information and watch the online Parent Class Videos at 
Call Community Education at 651-748-7442 with questions about registration.
Call Safeway at 651-351-9150 with questions about the program.

Tartan High School 
Maximum of 30 students per session 
Days: Monday–Thursdays  Time: 2:55–5:55 pm 
  • January 30–February 15 (No class Feb 2)
  • March 20–April 4
  • May 1–May 17 (No class May 15)
North High School 
Maximum of 30 students per session
Days: Monday–Thursdays  Time: 2:55–5:55 pm 
  • January 9–January 25 (No class Jan 16)
  • February 21–March 8 
  • April 10–April 26 (No class April 13)
Parent Classes
Day: Wednesdays  Time: 6:30–8:00 pm 
  • January 18  North High School  Forum 
  • April 5  Tartan High School  Large Group Room
  • May 10 North High School  Forum