Driver’s Education FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

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

How do I register?

Once the dates are determined and the class is posted on our website, you may enroll online.

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 and 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 or 508-228-7285 x1575 to get started!

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

Per a 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 at or 508-228-7285 x1575.


The Nantucket Community School reserves the right to revisit and modify all limitations on sign-ups based on volume and availability. 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.
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 two 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 canceled within 24 hours of their scheduled lesson. This fee must be paid prior to your next lesson.


Adult driving lessons are being offered at a rate of $80 per hour. You must have your learner’s permit to qualify to take driving lessons.

If you need to use the driver’s ed car for your road test, NCS offers a $320 package that includes three, one-hour lessons plus the use of the vehicle (and an instructor as a sponsor) for your road test. The Driver’s Education Coordinator will work with the RMV to schedule your on-island road test if you are purchasing this package.

Please email Denise at or call 508-228-7285 x1575 to sign up.


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

For teen drivers under age 16, please refer to the free resources at (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:

If, after reviewing these FAQs, you have any questions, please contact Denise via email at or call 508-228-7285 x1575.