Our Policies

Curriculum Policy

A course may not be completed in fewer than 35 days and no more than 60 days after the last Classroom date. An extension beyond 60 days may be provided if there is a compelling reason dealing with school, family or medical circumstances and has been agreed upon between the Manager and parent before completion of the course.

Payment Plan Policy

High Desert Driver Education is a state-subsidized program through the High Desert Education Service District and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Driver education is a very important program, but we understand the tuition may be difficult for families to pay all at once. We have introduced a Payment Plan Program to make this easier to manage.
When Registering:

  • Choose the payment plan option at the end of the form. This will be considered your first payment.
  • Please keep in mind that the last payment should be made by the first week of classes.

***Payment in full and successful completion of the course requirements will grant your student completion credit in their school and they will receive an ODOT-certified waiver card (if under age 18 and not licensed). Questions? Email Rachel White at rachel.white@hdesd.org

Scholarship Policy

Types of scholarships:

Free and Reduced Lunch Program Scholarship or SNAP Program

  • Scholarships are a $75 reduction in your fee for most locations.
  • You must choose a scholarship plan through the registration process.
  • When making the payment during registration click on the blue "Apply Coupon Button" and use code FRL.
  • In order to qualify students must either be on the Free and Reduced Lunch Program or on SNAP. (Participation in the Free and Reduced meal program will be verified through the school district, or you must provide a letter from the institution as proof of qualification)
  • You will not receive correspondence from the Driver Education program unless you do not qualify.
  • Please keep in mind that your final payment should be made 2 weeks prior to the last day of class.

Hardship Scholarship

  • These scholarships vary depending on the situation.
  • We have a limited number of scholarships for hardship.
  • To apply, please complete the HDESD Driver Ed scholarship application.
  • Once a decision has been made, you will be notified of your scholarship status via email and assigned a discount code, to be used during registration, according to the amount of the scholarship granted.
  • Please keep in mind that the last payment is due 2 weeks prior to the last day of class.
  • If you have any questions please contact Rachel White at rachel.white@hdesd.org.

Other Discounts

  • RPA students automatically receive an additional $100.00 school provided discount.

Make-Up Policy

For the school year terms all make-ups must be completed in the term the student is registered for except in the case of major illness or injury, or certain other unforeseen absences at the end of the term all of which must be approved by management. We will offer two makeup classes each course. The first will be about halfway through and the second at the end of the course. There is a $20 fee for each makeup class needed. There will be a $40.00 additional fee for any missed Behind the Wheel Sessions.  Students who miss more than 6 hours of classroom time will be in jeopardy of failing the program. If you know your student will miss multiple days please contact the office as soon as possible!! If you will have a vacation planned during our summer sessions, please choose a later session to register for.

Getting a license or turning 18

If you receive your license before completion of the course you will be charged a $210.00 fee

If you turn 18 before the course completion of the course you will be charged a $210.00 fee

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Refunds must be requested via email to rachel.white@hdesd.org.  Please include a reason for your request.
  •  A 3% refund fee will be deducted
  • No Refunds Granted if cancellation is received less than 5 Weekdays BEFORE First Classroom Instruction.

Photograph Policy

High Desert Driver Education uses photo, video, audio or other recorded likeness of students for any print, electronic or broadcast purposes. High Desert Driver Education may use these likenesses for teaching, communication or promoting the High Desert Driver Education program. There will be no financial or in-kind consideration for use of said likenesses. As the custodial parent or guardian of this child, I understand that I will be required to authorize consent.

Communication Policy

High Desert Driver Education will contact students via email, texting or by phone for classroom or behind the wheel scheduling or any information related to their Driver Education course.

Excused Absences

1. We will offer two makeup classes each course. The first will be about halfway through and the second at the end of the course. There is a $20 fee for each makeup class needed. Please contact the office for help in scheduling a makeup class or if you have any questions: 541-693-5698 or rachel.white@hdesd.org.

2. Students who miss more than 6 hours of classroom time will be in jeopardy of failing the program. If you know your student will miss multiple days please contact the office as soon as possible.

3.If a student misses a behind-the-wheel lab, they must schedule a makeup drive with the drive instructor or by contacting nancy.haase@hdesd.org. There will be a $40 fee for makeup drives

4. Students and parents must let instructors know if they are going to be absent.

5. All absences and missed coursework must be made up within 60 days of the end of the term.

BTW No Show and Make-Up Fees

It is our program policy to drive with two students in the car. It is a major inconvenience and an additional expense when students do not show up for their scheduled drive. A $40 fee will be required to make-up for the missed drive.

Failing and Repeating a course

If a student fails and needs to repeat a course the cost of the course is $1009.00. Repeating students might be eligible to receive the ODOT waiver.  Please email nancy.haase@hdesd.org to get approval.


Punctuality is very important! Please be on time for classroom and behind-the-wheel labs. When students are late, it is a disruption to the program. Three tardies will count as an absence and the student will be required to complete a driver education project or attend an additional class/lab.

Practice Driving Log

Students must complete 8 hours of supervised home practice driving before the end of the course. Parents and students will be provided a practice log sheet to record drives. Each week, behind-the-wheel instructors will also ask students to practice maneuvers discussed during the lab. It is very important to spread out the drive times. Please do not do all drive hours at one time or in one area. Take small steps and only do what your student can handle. Students must bring their log sheet to behind-the-wheel labs every week! After the final drive, the student will upload their drive log sheet into the student portal.

The use of Alcohol and Other Drugs

A student who comes to class after consuming alcohol or other drugs is in violation of Oregon state law. Any student who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will be immediately removed from the class/behind-the-wheel lab and parents will be called to pick up their student. If the student is removed from the program, no fees will be refunded.

Special Health Needs

When registering, there is a box where you can let us know of any special medical needs or learning issues that may have an effect on your student's classroom or behind-the-wheel lab abilities. It is very important for each student to have a safe and positive experience while in the program. Please let us know if your student needs any special attention. You can contact the office to let us know.

Program Policy Regarding Single Students during Behind-the-Wheel 

Parental approval is required for a single student to drive during a behind-the-wheel lab.

Missing a Required Parent/Student night

  • If a parent is unable to attend parent/student night, the student may come with another adult or family instead.
  • If a parent AND student both cannot attend parent/student night for their location, they may attend at another location for that term.
  • If both parent and student are unable to attend at another location, a parent night packet will be emailed and a meeting with the manager may be required. A student missing the orientation may result in the student being ineligible to make their first drive. A make up would be required and a $40 make up charge may apply.
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2804 SW 6th St.
Redmond, OR 97756

Phone: 541-693-5697

Fax: 541-638-9646

Email: rachel.white@hdesd.org

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Our goal as we move forward with the Winter Driver Education program is to keep our students and instructors safe and healthy as we provide driver training to high school students as they learn to be safe and courteous drivers.

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