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Update: 7/30/20
 
*Please note that Sacred Heart Academy is a Driver Education program, not a Driving School.  Governor Cuomo's announcement on 7/29/20 allowed for Driving Schools to offer the 5-hour pre licensing course online.  The 5-hour course will allow a student to earn a MV278 and their full license at 18.  Driver Education is a high school class offered at an accredited high school.  When students take Driver Education they earn a MV285 and can earn a full license at 17, in addition the MV285 can be used for an insurance discount.  At this time, we still have not received clearance to provide online instruction for Driver Education.*  
 
Please note, we are not accepting new students until the Spring of 2021.  The Fall 2020 has been filled with our Spring 2020 students that were impacted by the COVID19 pause.  I will be posting more information regarding the Spring 2021 session in September. 
 
Thank you to all of our students and parents for your understanding and patience during these unpredictable times.  As you are aware our Spring 2020 session was "paused" until further notice.  We finally have some more guidance from NYS and we are hoping to resume the Spring 2020 in the Fall 2020.  All students enrolled in the Spring 2020 should have received an email with an option to transfer or receive a prorated refund.  If you did not receive the email and form, please let Mr. Fanning know right away.  Lastly, our Spring 2020 classes will count towards the Fall 2020 term.  Therefore, students will only need to complete 11/16 classes.  
 
With all of the Spring students needing to be placed in the Fall, we will not be accepting new applications for the Fall until we know exactly how many vacancies we have in the Fall.  If you are a new applicant, you may join the Spring 2021 waitlist (Email Jfanning@SacredHeartAcademyLI.org).  
 
Our Summer 2020 program, has been cancelled due to the pandemic.  According to the Governor, no Face-to-Face classes are allowed during the Summer.  With the State requiring Driver Education to be Face-to-Face, we cannot offer a Summer session.  This will likely impact all programs in NYS.  Anyone enrolled in the Summer 2020 program also received an email with a form to choose a transfer or a refund.  If you did not receive the email, please let Mr. Fanning know right away.   
 
Right now, I am working diligently to coordinate transfers and refunds.  After, I will be putting together the schedule and rosters for the Fall 2020 and the Spring 2021 after.  
 
Thank you again to everyone for understanding and I pray for you and your families to stay well.  
 
Sincerely,
 
James Fanning
Director of Driver Education
Jfanning@SacredHeartAcademyLI.org
 
 
 
 
 
Sacred Heart Academy offers Driver Education classes in the fall, spring and summer seasons.

Program Highlights (For semester specific information, scroll down)
  • Accredited and registered by the NYS Education Department and Department of Motor Vehicle.
  • All instructors possess MV-283s and are accredited NYS Teachers licensed to teach High School Driver Education.
  • All cars used by Sacred Heart Academy are 2017 VW Passats, dual-braked, air conditioned, and fully insured.
  • For more specific information please review our Informational Flyer (link below).
  
 
Goals
Students will:
  • Learn safe, effective, and efficient operations of a car.
  • Develop proper skills, habits, and attitudes for defensive driving.
  • Acquire an understanding NYS traffic law and rules of the road.
  • Students who satisfactorily complete the course are eligible to receive the MV-285: Student Certificate of Completion. The MV-285 Student Certificate of Completion allows:

    1. a NYS Junior Permit holder to schedule a road test,
    2. young drivers a possible reduction in automobile insurance cost (participation is dependent upon insurance provider participation), and
    3. a 17 year old to receive a senior license (MV-285 form must be submitted to local DMV to attain this benefit).
 
Additionally, "according to New York State GDL law, your teen must complete 50 hours of supervised driving with 15 of those being after sunset certified by the teen's parent/guardian before graduating to the next level of licensure.  These 50 hours of practice are a MINIMUM requirement; try to practice with your teen as much as possible. IF YOUR TEEN DECIDES TO TAKE DRIVER EDUCATION, THE PARENT CERTIFIED SUPERVISED DRIVING TIME IS STILL REQUIRED." 

Tuition

Tuition is $700.00, and must be paid in full at the time of registration.  Full tuition must be paid via credit card. $75 is non-refundable should you ask for a refund. Students will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. Any student that applies into a full section will be wait listed with no guaranteed spot in our program.  See below for semester specific information. 

Enrollment Information- It is recommended that students have at least 15 hours of driving practice.  All registrations must be completed with the registration form below. 
Please check below for semester specific information. 
 

Fall 2020/Spring 2020 - At this time we are no longer accepting new students into our Fall 2020 program.  We will be accepting new students in the Spring (Scroll down for information).  Sorry for any inconvenience. 

Please Email Jfanning@sacredheartacademyli.org with any questions or concerns.

*Note: $75 is non-refundable should you ask for a refund.  Once classes begin there are no refunds*
Schedule - (Subject to change) -*Please note some Saturdays are moved to Sundays to accommodate some ACT/SAT tests*
Rosters/Confirmation of enrollment 
Saturday Roster - *Subject to change* - Email with concerns
Weekday Roster - *Subject to change* - Email with concerns
Informational Flyer *Note - Students can now take both lecture and driving on the same day.
Course Syllabus
 

Spring 2020 - All students should have received an email with a form about transferring or a refund.  If you did not receive this email, please email Mr. Fanning. Please make sure to join the Remind group for important updates and schedule changes: Text @SHADESP20 to 81010 and follow the instructions.  

SPRING 2021 - We are compiling an interest list for the Spring 2021.  To be added to the interest list, please email Mr. Fanning at JFanning@SacredHeartAcademyLI.org
*Please note: Being on the interest list does not guarantee you a spot in our program.  Registration is still required to secure placement.

Details about registration will be posted in September.  In the meantime, please review our course information.

Note to Parents/Guardians: Driver Education students should be driving at home regularly before, during, and after driver education.  Driving is a skill and it is a team effort to prepare students to drive, please take your part seriously.

Additionally, "according to New York State GDL law, your teen must complete 50 hours of supervised driving with 15 of those being after sunset certified by the teen's parent/guardian before graduating to the next level of licensure.  These 50 hours of practice are a MINIMUM requirement; try to practice with your teen as much as possible. IF YOUR TEEN DECIDES TO TAKE DRIVER EDUCATION, THE PARENT CERTIFIED SUPERVISED DRIVING TIME IS STILL REQUIRED." 

Informational Flyer *Note - Students can now take both lecture and driving on the same day.
Course Syllabus

 

 

Summer 2021 Information - Information to be posted on/about 2/1/21.   Please email any questions or concerns to Mr. Fanning. JFanning@SacredHeartAcademyLI.org   

Note to Parents/Guardians: The Summer program is condensed and students should be driving at home regularly before, during, and after driver education.  Driving is a skill and it is a team effort to prepare students to drive, please take your part seriously.

Additionally, "according to New York State GDL law, your teen must complete 50 hours of supervised driving with 15 of those being after sunset certified by the teen's parent/guardian before graduating to the next level of licensure.  These 50 hours of practice are a MINIMUM requirement; try to practice with your teen as much as possible. IF YOUR TEEN DECIDES TO TAKE DRIVER EDUCATION, THE PARENT CERTIFIED SUPERVISED DRIVING TIME IS STILL REQUIRED." 

All inquiries email: Jfanning@sacredheartacademyli.org
Informational Flyer
Course Syllabus
Frequently Asked Questions - Summer



  
 
 
 
 
Driver's Prayer

Sacred Heart of Jesus, grant me
a steady hand and watchful eye,
that none be hurt as I pass by.
Thou givest life. I pray no act of mine
take away or mar that gift Divine.
Protect those, Lord, who travel with me
from highway dangers and all anxiety.
Teach me to use my car for others' needs
and never miss the beauty of Thy
world through excessive speed.
I pledge to drive with loving concern
to my every destination,
offering each travel hour to Thee
in a spirit of reparation.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
my auto Companion,
have mercy on me.