Driver Education

“Our driver education program has been recognized by the state of Minnesota for excellence."

~ Mary Rostedt, Driver Education Coordinator and Classroom Instructor

Driver Education is one of the most important courses that your son or daughter will enroll in. The aim and intent of this course is to develop a safe and skillful driver, able to cope with present and future traffic situations. Only your son or daughter can determine the degree to which this knowledge will be applied.

Our program is very comprehensive and is taught by the following professional teachers: Ben Anderson, John Flenner, Hannah Franks, Pat Irsfeld Mary Rostedt, Carl Selvig, and Sheri Siira. All instructors have State of Minnesota Driver Education Licensure.

Driver Education phases

PHASE 1: Classroom Instruction. Students must be 15 years old before or during classroom instruction. Classes are generally taught in the months of March, June, August, and November. Please contact Community Education concerning specific dates and times.

PHASE 2: Street Instruction using city streets, rural highways, gravel roads, and Interstate 94. This phase begins AFTER classroom is complete AND permit test is passed AND Driver Education staff receives a copy of the student’s permit (white paper or instruction permit card). Please contact Community Education to notify us that you have obtain your permit. After your child earns his or her permit, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you take time to ride with him or her so each behind-the-wheel lesson is reinforced.

Each student is required to successfully complete each phase of instruction, then pass the final classroom and street exams before they will be certified as meeting our standards for Driver Education. Students must attend all class periods. Upon course completion, one pass/fail credit will be added to the student’s Fergus Falls Senior High School transcript.


The driver education fee of $300 represents the cost for both phases of our Driver Education program.

Make checks payable to: ISD 544.

Registration form and payment may be dropped off or mailed to:

Community Education

340 Friberg Ave.

Fergus Falls, MN 56537

To register and pay by credit card, go to our School Store. This is a secure website. PLEASE NOTE: If you register online, to complete the registration process, you must stop by the Community Education office to complete and sign a registration/parental consent form for the class.


Location: Roosevelt Education Center - Community Education, 340 Friberg Avenue, Fergus Falls, Minnesota

March 2022 Class Schedule:

Class #6500-WS22

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - Feb. 28, March 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17 - 2022

  • 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm

June 2022 Class Schedule #1:

Class #6500A-WS22

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - June 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 - 2022

  • 8:00 am to 11:00 am

June 2022 Class Schedule #2:

Class #6500B-WS22

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - June 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 - 2022

  • 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

August 2022 Class Schedule #1:

Class #6500C-WS22

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - August 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 - 2022

  • 8:00 am to 11:00 am

August 2022 Class Schedule #2:

Class #6500D-WS22

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - August 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 - 2022

  • 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

If you have questions, please contact Community Education at 218-998-0544, ext. 9200 or stop by the office located in the Roosevelt Education Center, 340 Friberg Avenue, Fergus Falls.

Behind-the-Wheel Training: Behind-the-wheel training is completed for 2021. Once we have finalized setup for our behind-the-wheel session starting in the Spring of 2022, we will notify students through school announcements and in report card inserts.


Traffic crashes are the leading killer of Minnesota teens. They are preventable. Research shows that teens whose parents set clear rules, paid attention to where they were going, and who they were with:

  • were half as likely to crash

  • twice as likely to wear seatbelts

  • 71% less likely to drive while intoxicated

  • 30% less likely to use a cell phone while driving

than teens who said their parents were less involved. The Fergus Falls Police Department and the Fergus Falls School District hope to minimize teen traffic crashes by hosting this program for parents and their teens. The program, developed by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety, is a FREE presentation for teens 14 to 18 years of age and their parents.

Our next class session will be Monday, October 25, 2021 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.