2014-2015 Course Syllabus for Driver Education   Term 3

    Teacher:   Joseph St.Amant  E-Mail: joseph.stamant@biloxischools.net

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    The Biloxi High Driver Education course is important because it is the foundation for the skills and attitudes a student will use for the rest of their life. The knowledge, skills, and attitudes students will learn will help them avoid traffic tickets, lower their chances of being involved in accidents, and educate them to become a safer driver.

    This course provides more than 30 hours of classroom instruction, more than 12 hours of simulation and a minimum of 3 hours of actual behind-the-wheel instruction in dual-control training cars designed to help students operate a motor vehicle safely under Mississippi highway rules and regulations. 

    Listed below are the weekly assignments, course work, simulation and behind-the-wheel driving to help achieve the student objectives. 

    UNIT 1  The Driving Task

    Week 1 Pre-test - Chapter 1: You Are the Driver - Introduction to Simulation

    Week 2 Chapter 2: Signs, Signals, and Roadway Markings - Simulation 1 - Driving - Test

    Week 3 Chapter 3: Basic Vehicle Control - Simulation 2 - Driving

    Week 4 Chapter 4: Managing Risk with the IPDE Process - Simulation 3 - Unit 1 Test - Driving

    UNIT 2  Being Responsible (New Textbook)

    Week 5 Chapter 4: Performing Basic Vehicle Maneuvers - Simulation 4 - Driving 

    Week 6 Chapter 6: Effects of Driver Condition - Simulation 5 - Test - Driving

    Week 7 Chapter 7: Alcohol, other Drugs and Driving - Simulation 6 - Driving

    Week 8 Chapter 8: Managing Distractions - Unit Two Test - Driving

    Week 9 Term Test



    Tests and Grades


    Grading: A=90-100 B=80-89 C=70-79 D=65-69 F=below 65 I=incomplete

    Grading follows the policies of Biloxi Public Schools. A mid-term progress report and a report card following the end of each term are issued.


    Tests: Simulation, behind-the-wheel driving, unit tests, quizzes, and assignments. (80% of grade) Term Test (20% of grade)


    Retesting: Students must retest within ten school days after taking a test and reviewing their test. The student may be required to do additional unit work in order to prepare them for the retest. The additional work may include staying after school for tutoring or coming in before school. The retest will be scheduled by the teacher.


    Homework/Assignments/Projects:Students will be required to keep a notebook, take notes and keep handouts from the instructor for the tests. Students will also receive a rubric for the simulation and must also keep in their notebooks their behind-the-wheel grading forms.




    Course Requirements: Each student must be at least 15 years of age at the time of enrollment and is required at the time of enrollment to present a driver's license, intermediate license or a learner’s permit. 


    A lab fee for insurance, gas, and vehicle maintenance of $20.00 is required of each student who enrolls in Driver Education. We accept cash, check or money orders for the fee. If a student is paying by check they must have a phone number and residential address on the check.



    Important Dates:

    Midterm progress report: 2/11/15     Common Term Assessment: 3/9/15 - 3/13/15

    Report Cards: 3/23/15


    Students will not receive a take home textbook. All textbooks must remain in the classroom therefore all students MUST keep a notebook to study for tests.