Frequently Asked Questions
When and where are TSE classes held?
Classes are held at both high schools. Mon/Wed at NKHS (room 307) and Tue/Thur at KHS(Spectrum building classroom). The North Kitsap class is held from 2:45-4:45. The Kingston class is held from 3-5. Summer classes run from 8-10am at both high schools 3-5 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. All students are asked to pre-apply for the Learner's permit through the Dept. of Licensing website. Please email the instructor at the school you will be attending the permit ID number or bring that number on the night of the orientation meeting.
When will my son/daughter drive and how many drives 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 take 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, of course, want your student to have a positive and enjoyable experience when learning to drive and we 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 state licensing law requires certification of 50 hours of behind-the-wheel 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. Follow Step #2 in the registration process to begin the process of acquiring your students' permit. 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 $435. The price includes the TSE class and the DOL written test. (A student must pass the written test before taking the DOL drive test.) 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. Our classes are right after school at your student's school therefore you only have to pick up your student. Activity buses are available at both high schools after class. 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 6 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.