Drivers Education

  • The School District of Manatee County offers a condensed Drivers Education course that consists of one (1) required classroom instruction day, followed by three (3) driving days. Students that successfully complete the course will have the opportunity to take the Florida road-test exam to earn a waiver for their Florida "Operator" Drivers License. They will also earn a Certificate of Completion that auto insurance companies may require as proof to apply for reduced rates.

    Saturday courses take place over four (4) Saturdays at Southeast High School Auditorium, 1200 37th Avenue E, Bradenton, FL 34208.
    Summer courses take place over four (4) weekdays (Monday - Friday) at Manatee High School Cafeteria, 902 33rd Street Ct. W, Bradenton, FL 34205.

    Registration is "first come, first served". The maximum number of students accepted is 120. No exceptions.
    • Time commitment is four (4) mornings.
    The first classroom day is 8am - 10am. Attendance is mandatory. Late students will not be admitted.
    • The three (3) driving days are 8am - 12pm. Students will select their three driving days during the first class.

    • Students are responsible for transportation to and from the class.
    • All instructors are third-party Florida D.E.L.A.P. certified.
    Students will NOT receive high school credit for this condensed course.
    • The course is free.

    Student MUST already have a Learner's Permit.
    Student MUST be at least 15 years of age.
    Student MUST be currently enrolled in grades 9-12 at one of these schools in Manatee County:

    Bayshore High
    Braden River High
    Lakewood Ranch High
    Manatee High
    Manatee School of the Arts
    Palmetto High
    Parrish Community High
    SCF Collegiate
    Southeast High


    Middle school students and recent high school graduates are NOT eligible to take this course.
    Students that have already taken Drivers Education or are currently enrolled in Drivers Education at their high school are NOT eligible to take this course.

  • Registration is Closed.
    The 8/26/23 Saturday Drivers Education Class is full.
    The next class will appear on this page when it is announced.
  • Please note:
    Drivers Education courses are extremely popular.
    Classes are typically full within 15 minutes of registration opening.

    If calendar is greyed out, the class is full.
    If you do NOT receive a confirmation email, your seat is NOT reserved.