Driver Education

  • The Olathe Public Schools offer state-approved driver's education courses that meet either in an after-school or summer school format. The program emphasizes defensive driving and the social responsibility of driving. Successful completion of this course, plus additional driving experience, will enable students to obtain a Kansas driver's license if they are 16 years old, or a restricted license if they are 15 years old, once all requirements are met.

    A current instructional permit is required for enrollment.

    After-School Program:

    Students must be at least 14.5 years old by the first class. It is required that students have their "instructional permit" (IP) from the state of Kansas before enrolling in the class. Priority for enrollment will be given to older students. Driving experience with a parent is recommended prior to the start of class. The enrollment form is shown below.

    Classes meet on Monday from 5-7 p.m. with one hour of driving time approximately every other day btween 4-8 p.m. Successful completion of the class allows students a one-half credit hour on their transcript.

    There will be one session per year at four high schools. Enrollment is limited to students from that high school. Enrollment will be selected chronologically with the oldest students being enrolled first. Any unfilled positions will be taken from other high schools serving oldest students first. It is recommended that students needing additional classroom assistance (reading and/or test-taking) participate in the summer program.

    The cost is $300 payable by cash or check (no credit cards) and due at registration prior to the first day of class. Successful completion of the course plus additional driving experience will enable students to obtain a Kansas driver's license or restricted license (depending on their age and length of time they've held a permit). Students are required to have their instructional permit from the state of Kansas before registration will be allowed. It must be current and not expired.

    Some driving experience with a parent prior to the state of class is also recommended.

    Parents will be notified by email if their student has been selected for the program from information provided on our online registration process. Selection is based upon the child's birth date, with oldest students first.

    Sessions are also offered in June and July. Information for the summer sessions will be available around April 1, 2020.

    For more information, email Director Kraig Taylor at or email Renee Amos at


After-School Program Dates

Location Pre-Registration Info Available Pre-Registration Deadline Class Begins Class Ends
Olathe Northwest Aug. 12, 2019 Aug. 26, 2019 Sept. 9, 2019 Oct. 14, 2019
Olathe South Sept. 23, 2019 Oct. 7, 2019 Oct. 21, 2019 Nov. 25, 2019
Olathe North Jan. 6, 2020 Jan. 20, 2020 Feb. 3, 2020 March 9, 2020
Olathe East March 2, 2020 March 16, 2020 March 30, 2020 May 4, 2020

Summer Driver Education

  • Registration for the summer program is closed.

    Driver education classes will be offered in June and in July. The emphasis is on defensive driving and the social responsibilities of driving. Successful completion of this course enables the student to pursue a Kansas drivers license or a restricted license. (14 year olds may only obtain an instructional permit.) You must have turned 14 years old by Jan. 1, 2019, to apply for the program. Students with a birth date of Jan. 1, 2005 through June 1, 2005 may be considered on a space available basis after May 20. 

    Morning and afternoon classes will be offered and students from all Olathe secondary schools are invited to attend any of these sessions. Session times are 8-10 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. Driving times rotate between 7-11:30 a.m. for the morning session and between 11:30-4 p.m. for the afternoon session. Students will drive every second or third day for a total of 12 times and may occasionally drive during an hour of class. (Please check your calendar carefully as attendance is mandatory. Students may not miss more than two days.) Individual schedules will be distributed at enrollment on April 23 or 25.

    Classes are offered May 29-June 18 at Olathe East and Olathe North high schools, with morning and afternoon classes at both locations. The second session is June 24-July 23 (with July 1-5 off for the holiday) at Olathe South and Olathe West high schools; morning and afternoon classes at both sites.

    Class Fees

    The program fee is $300 payable by cash or check. Each session equates to one semester half unit of practical and consumer studies. This credit will be on the student’s transcript, but it will not appear on the grade card. Students outside of the district will be allowed to sign up for the program ONLY if space is available after May 20. The fee for out-of-district students is $325. 

    Refund Policy

    A 50 percent refund is available if the student drops before May 18 for Session I and before June 15 for Session II. Fees are not refundable past these dates.

    Registration Procedure

    The application is only available below. We will assign schedules chronologically by birth date (oldest students first) and will hold these until the enrollment dates below. The final process of enrollment (completing paperwork, eye tests, acquiring schedules and paying fees) will take place in the commons area of Olathe East High School, 14545 W. 127th St. (127th and Black Bob Road) on the following dates:

    • Tuesday, April 23 (4:30-6:30 p.m.) Any student enrolling in the June session
    • Thursday, April 25 (4:30-6:30 p.m.) Any student enrolling in the July session

    Students must be present to complete paperwork at this time. They should bring their glasses or contacts for an eye test or their current driving permit if they have one. It is highly recommended that students acquire an instructional permit (IP) before the class begins. 

    If you have questions, please email Kraig Taylor at or email Renee Amos at