1) How do I know if the class I want still has openings?
During the school year it is rare for a class to fill up. However summer sessions will fill up. To check on availability go to the registration page to sign up for the package you would like. If you can register for a class, there is still room in the class. If the class is not listed, it means all seats are full. Feel free to email me if you have a question on class space.
2) I am not able to make it to all the classroom sessions. Can I still sign up?
We expect our students to place their driver's ed high on the priority list, however we understand that unavoidable conflicts do happen. Though most driving schools require you to come back the following month, we provide a couple options to help teens complete their training with us. They are as follows:
$10 Charge - Making up the lesson in an alternate session when available. This can sometimes be up to 1-month out depending on the next class schedule. This does not need to be scheduled, students can just show up.
$20 Charge - Make up the lesson during ANY classroom session via computer based lesson. Example, student needs to complete lesson 8, they could come to lesson 1 and watch the pre-recorded lesson. Student must attend full 3 hour class to receive credit. This needs be scheduled a head of time and prepaid.
$40 Charge - Make up the lesson at ANY time as long as we have an instructor available at the school. We do not staff an instructor at our location so this must be prepaid and arranged in advance so we can match up schedules.
3) What if I am not 15 yet, can I still take classes?
MN State Law says you must be at least 14 to begin driver's ed. Though we prefer you to be as close to 15 as possible to avoid large gaps in education to application, we do allow signups for teens as early as 14.5. If you will not be 15 within 2 months of completing the classroom, you should be signing up for the classroom only option.
After turning 15 and beginning your training you will then enroll in the 6-hour BTW package. Our complete package requires all students to complete our program in 10 months, which would be a problem for students who are not 15 (or close to) when the classroom begins.
4. What if I cannot attend the Parent Session?
This is very important part of our program as we need parents to be on the same page as EDI during this vital year of training. However we understand that work or other conflicts can get in the way. We do not require parents to attend, though we ask them to make the commitment in their teens road safety by attending. I assure you that you will find the time spent to be of value during the next year of training.
We have over a 95% turnout in every class! If you are not able to attend, you can attend an alternate session or we ask the students relay the information to you as your role as a Parent Driving Instructor will have more influence on their success then anything we can do as a driving school.
5. State Approved Supplimental Parent Class (done outside of student's 30 hours of classroom)
Back in 2015, the State of MN approved a new rule that allows parents to provide 40 hours (vs 50) of road training if they attend a 1.5 hour State approved driver's ed course. EDI position has always been 50-100 hours of training is needed for ALL new drivers. The "EDI Parent Class" is not designed around the state course requirements so it does not provide you with a certificate to use in place of 10 road hours with your teen.
We do provide parents with an option to meet his state requirement as we understand some teens have the experience and skill set to be ready to solo drive within 40 hours of road training. If you feel this is the case for your teen, please contact EDI for course dates and times.
Your attendance provides you with a certificate that you can submit to the state of Minnesota to reduce the required training hours from 50 to 40 with your teen. Please contact EDI for more information about this.