The Decision had been made to allow parents. /guardians to complete the required Driver Education Road Groups from Winter Spring 2020
Students will need to complete eight driving lessons with the help of a parent or guardian. The parent instructor must verify that they hold a VALID NYS DRIVER LICENSE and be over the age of 18. Students are required to spend the time needed to review and practice the listed skills between .75—1.5 hours. Parents and students should review each topic area (found not the form below) using the NYS Drivers Manual and/or the DERIC curriculum PowerPoint resources found in the link below or on our district website prior to practicing on the road. Students have already begun learning these skills and have started reviewing the steps with our instructors.
Upon completion please date and initial in the check-off square. When all lessons have completed the parent and the student should sign the bottom of the page to verify all lessons have been completed. PLEASE Make a copy or scan and return this form to the Continuing Education office at Gates Chili High School. At that time we will need to verify the parent “instructor” valid driver's license. We will not be saving this information just doing a visual verification.
Our office then needs to verify the student has completed all the lecture work and road work. Our instructors will issue final grades for the student. The MV-285’s will be prepared and sent to the superintendent to sign. Please note this process may take several days to complete after the form is turned in. We will call you when the forms are ready to be picked up/mailed.
email us at Continuingeducation@gateschili.org or call us at (585) 247-5345.
The NYS Drivers Manual
How to access the Driver Education Lecture using SCHOOLOGY
- Students should login to Schoology through schoology.com.
- Select Coursesin the top menu.
- Click Join a Course or My Courses.
- From the My Coursespage, click Join Course on the right side of the page.
- Enter the course access code VTDK7-49W72
- Click Join.
- You will be in Mr. Goodwin’s classroom
- You will see a link title Driver EdHolly MS/HS Spring 18
- Click on this link and you will see the lectures and additional materials
After the student successfully enters the Course Access Code, they will be taken directly to the new course. When a student wants to return to this course, or any other courses, they click Courses at the top and select the course they would like to enter.
Community Service Drivers Education
Tobias passes his road test! Guest speaker Chief James VanBrederode Mr Bell's tire change lesson
Gates Chili offers an outstanding Drivers Education program for students!
The program is offered twice each year in the Winter/Spring and in the Summer. We are planning to offer our next program in the Winter/Spring 2022 as an in person program. This will depend on the NYS/Monroe County COVID restrictions at the time of the program.
Designed to meet the scheduling needs of the students and families we offer a variety of lecture and road group options. Our Driver Education program complies with The New York State Education Department and New York State Department of Motor Vehicle requirements offering 24 hours of classroom lectures and 24 hours of road time.
Upon successful completion students will receive their MV-285 which allows them to drive after 9 pm at the age of 17 (what the students like) and provides documentation for possible insurance discounts (what the parents like).
The program is provided as part of Gates Chili Continuing Education program. Seats are limited and priority is given to Gates Chili School District residents but the program is also available to non district residents in good standing at their high school.
Pre Registration is required and spots are distributed using a birth date lottery - the oldest pre-registered student gets their first choice and so on.
The cost of the program is $475 for Gates Chili School District Residents and $550 for non-district residents. We now offer flexible payment options for all students.
Pre-registration information will be released late -October for the Winter-Spring Program and in mid-April for the Summer Program.
Here is what people are saying about the Gates Chili Driver Education Program
"The Driver's Education program through Gates Chili's Continuing Education taught me all of the skills I would need in order to receive my driver's license and stay responsible on the road. A lot of these skills are still invaluable to me today, and having completed the course I am able to save money on my car insurance bills as well. I highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to not only save money and obtain their driver's license but also anyone who wants skills that will serve them on the road for the rest of their lives." Will S., Student
“The Drivers Ed Program at Gates Chili will save your child’s life! Proper driving skills and safety should be taught by experts and Gates-Chili has fantastic instructors!” Chief James VanBrederode, Town of Gates PD
"This is one program that I highly recommend for all those individuals who wish to learn how to drive. Not only were a variety of situations covered in the classroom but also driving in different areas (on the expressway, during heavy traffic, etc). I found that my son appeared more confident behind the wheel and that he shared with me what he learned in class and on the road. Repetition is so important and I was pleased to hear that what I was or had taught him, was also being covered in class. The Instructors are a special breed. They possess insight into the capabilities of the individual student and a high degree of patience with each student. The money spent was well worth it!!!" Karen R., Parent
"My son took Drivers Education from Gates Chili School District in 2012. He had a great experience and it made him a much more responsible driver. Listening and learning from an instructor versus his parents was the key. Every dollar spent on this course was worth the peace of mind we have felt ever since!" Cynthia T., Parent
"Driver Education was a great experience for our daughter. The instructors were friendly and encouraging. The extra time in the car experiencing city and highway traffic was very helpful. She gained confidence in her ability and passed her road test on the first try!" Juliet S. Parent
Meet our Driver Education Instructors
Mr. Jon DelVecchio
Mr. DelVecchio is a High School Business education teacher at Rush Henrietta. He has been teaching Driver education and the five hour course at Gates Chili since 2004. Jon is the owner of Street Skills and recently published Driving Flashcards to help parents teach driving skills to their children. In his spare time Jon also teaches the Learn to Ride
Mr. Thomas Fasolt
Mr. Fasoldt loves science, camping, skiing and running 5ks. He has passionately taught physics for about 20 years for Greece Central Schools and Driver Education for various schools for nearly as long. The best part of teaching at Gates Chili, he says, is first, the students, and then the proximity to challenging driving environments like downtown Rochester. He looks forward to working every day at Gates Chili!
Mr. Daniel Goodwin
In addition to teaching Earth Science at Holley, Mr. Dan Goodwin has taught Drivers Education for over 15 years. Having taught in Holley, Pittsford and now at Gates Chili for the past 15 years, he is well aware of the skills needed by young drivers to be safe behind the wheel. A positive attitude and a willingness to continually evaluate their own driving are two of the essentials Mr. Goodwin tries to instill in our young drivers.
Mr. Roger Brown
Our next Drivers Education program will hopefully begin in Late June 2021
Questions? Call us at 247-5345 or Email Marla_chefalo@gateschili.org