Driver’s Ed FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Junior Operator’s License (JOL) Classroom and Driving Package

When will registration open up for the next classroom session?

Enrollment for Classroom Training will become available approximately one month prior to the start of the next session. (Dates yet to be determined)  Notification is sent out to high school students via the Nantucket High School email distribution list.  *Please be sure your email is up to date with the High School office.

How do I register?

Once the dates are determined and the class is posted on our website, you may enroll online or in person at Nantucket Community School’s mid-island office at 30 Surfside Road (Nantucket Elementary School) and at our downtown campus at 56 Centre Street.

How much does this program cost?

You may sign up for classes separately or purchase a package. Payment plans may be available.

  • $350    Classroom Instruction (30 hours)
  • $700    Driving & Observation (18 hours, parent class required)
  • $900    Combination Package (Classroom, Driving & Observation)

Acceptable forms of payment:

  • Checks/Money Orders made payable to Nantucket Community School
  • Visa and MasterCard
  • Cash (exact change, please)

Please review our payment policies here

Can my student driver begin the driving portion of the program before they participate in the classroom training?

YES! When your student obtains their permit, driving lessons may begin as long as their parent/guardian has attended the required two hour parent class in the last five years. Please contact Denise Nesselrodt, our Driver’s Education Coordinator, at nesselrodtd@npsk.org or 508-228-7285 x1575 to get started!

How do I sign up for the next Parent/Guardian Class?

Per a new Massachusetts state mandate beginning on May 1st, 2019, parents/guardians must attend the required two hour parent class before their student begins any driving lessons with our certified instructors. Parent classes are offered at least once per classroom training session.

I have paid for the Classroom and Driving Package. How do I schedule driving hours?

If you’ve paid for your driving time and you would like to schedule driving hours with one of our instructors please join NCSDriversEd on Remind. You can do this by texting @ncsdri to the number 81010. Driving lessons are currently being scheduled manually by the Driver’s Education Coordinator. If you’re having difficulty signing up for Remind, please contact Denise Nesselrodt, our Drivers Education Coordinator, via email at nesselrodtd@npsk.org or 508-228-7285 x1575.

IN THE CAR

The Nantucket Community School reserves the right to revisit and modify all limitations on sign-ups based on volume and availability. It is also important to note that we are currently working with two instructors. We will do our best to offer as many lessons each day as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to navigate driving lessons.

What do I need with me during my driving hour?
  • You must have your permit in the car when attending your driving hour.
  • Students and instructors are also required to wear face coverings while in the driver’s education vehicle.
Where are the driver’s ed cars parked?

Students can meet instructors at the Nantucket Elementary School/Nantucket Intermediate School parking lots off of Backus Lane and across from the Skate Park.

How often can I drive?

The number of hours students may schedule correlates to the instructor and student availability. It is rare that a student driver is able to schedule more than one hour per week but it does happen. Regulations state that student drivers may not spend more than 2 hours in the vehicle per day.

What happens if I miss my driving hour?

Students will be charged a fee of $40 for “no-shows” or lessons cancelled within 24 hours of their scheduled lesson. This fee must be paid prior to your next lesson.

ADULT DRIVERS

Can I sign up for Driving Hours?

We have paused our adult driving hours since we are short staffed. The hours we are offering are tied to the classroom package. We are hoping to accommodate the adult driver demand this summer when our instructors have more availability. We have been keeping those interested on an interest list and will reach out to those drivers when we’re in a position to accommodate your request. Please email Denise Nesselrodt, our Drivers Education Coordinator, at nesselrodtd@npsk.org to be on the Adult Driver Interest List.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

What additional resources are available for me or my student driver: 

For teen drivers under age 16, please refer to the free resources at www.DMV-Permit-Test.com (a free online service that will help you prepare for the driver knowledge test and become a safe driver).

Here is the link to the Massachusetts practice tests: http://dmv-permit-test.com/massachusetts/practice-test-1.html

If, after reviewing these FAQs, you have any questions, please contact Denise Nesselrodt, our Drivers Education Coordinator, via email at nesselrodtd@npsk.org or call 508-228-7285 x1575.