Drivers Education

  • The School District of Manatee County offers a condensed Drivers Education course that takes place over four (4) Saturdays. The course consists of one (1) required classroom instruction day, followed by three (3) consecutive driving days later in the semester. Students select their driving days during the first Saturday class.

    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.

    Registration is "first come, first served" and the maximum number of students accepted is 90. No exceptions.
    • Time commitment is four (4) Saturdays. The first Saturday is 8am - 10am. The other three (3) Saturdays are 8am - 12pm.
    Attendance is mandatory for the first Saturday classroom component. Late students will not be admitted.
    • Location is Southeast High School Auditorium, 1200 37th Avenue E, Bradenton, FL 34208.
    • Students are responsible for transportation to and from the location.
    • 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.

  • Please note:
    Drivers Education courses offered on Saturday are extremely popular.
    Class is typically full within 5 minutes of registration opening.

  • Class is full for Saturday January 28, 2023. Drivers Education Registration is Closed. The next class and registration window will appear on this page when they are announced.