Driver Education

  • Gates Chili CSD plans to offer an in-person Driver Education program in the Summer of 2023. 

    Students will attend all classes on the scheduled dates. They will be attending classes twice each scheduled date.

    Group A:  Mr. Goodwin/Mr. Brown
    June 26-30, July 5-7, July 24-28, July 31 - Aug. 2
    Final exam  August 3 at 11:30 am 

    Group B: Mr. DelVecchio/Mr. Brown

    July 10-14, July 17-21 and Aug. 3-4, Aug. 7-10
    Final exam August 11@ 11:30 am

    Students are required to attend ALL Lecture and Road group classes to successfully complete the course and receive the MV-285.

    Students must be attending high school in good standing and hold a valid NYS permit when registering for the program. We offer this program as a lottery for our district students, and they will be placed by birth date in order for placement in the program. We will begin with our school district residents (if you live in the district and pay school district taxes you qualify to be part of this group) and offer remaining spaces to those out of district students if space is available. 

    The price of the program is $500 for people in the district and $575 for those outside of the district.  You do not need to be enrolled at Gates Chili to attend.  There will be no REFUNDS once you have officially registered and have been assigned a class.

    Payment plans are available with the deposit of $200 to confirm and hold a spot in district and $275 out of district.  Monthly payments are due June 15th - $200 and July 13th-$100.

    Filling out this form (  enters you into the "Lottery" for a space however it does not guarantee a spot in the program.

    Forms are due by Friday, May 12th to be included in the lottery. 

    Any remaining spots after the lottery placements will be given on a first come basis.

    There is a mandatory parent/student meeting on June 12, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. in the Gates Chili Professional Learning Center

     Need help or have questions?  There is lots of information on the district website under the community tab.  
    Email us at or call our office at (585) 247-5345.

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    Tobias passed his road test!


    Guest speaker  Former Gates Chief  of Police Mr. James VanBrederode


    Mr Bell's tire change lesson



    Gates Chili offers an outstanding Drivers' Education program for students!

    The program is offered twice each year, in the Winter/Spring and in the Summer.  We are planning to offer our next program in the Winter/Spring 2022 as an in person program.    This will depend on the NYS/Monroe County COVID restrictions at the time of the program.    

    Designed to meet the scheduling needs of the students and families, we offer a variety of lecture and road group options. Our Driver Education program complies with The New York State Education Department and New York State Department of Motor Vehicle requirements, offering 24 hours of classroom lectures and 24 hours of road time.

    Upon successful completion, students will receive their MV-285 which allows them to drive after 9 pm at the age of 17 (what the students like) and provides documentation for possible insurance discounts (what the parents like).

    The program is provided as part of the Gates Chili Continuing Education program. Seats are limited and priority is given to Gates Chili School District residents but the program is also available to non district residents in good standing at their high school.

    Pre-Registration is required and spots are distributed using a birth date lottery - the oldest pre-registered student gets their first choice and so on.

    The cost of the program is $475 for Gates Chili School District residents and $550 for non-district residents. We now offer flexible payment options for all students.

    Pre-registration information will be released in late -October for the Winter-Spring Program and in mid-April for the Summer Program.  

    Here is what people are saying about the Gates Chili Driver Education Program

    "The Driver's Education program through Gates Chili's Continuing Education taught me all of the skills I would need in order to receive my driver's license and stay responsible on the road. A lot of these skills are still invaluable to me today, and having completed the course I am able to save money on my car insurance bills as well. I highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to not only save money and obtain their driver's license but also anyone who wants skills that will serve them on the road for the rest of their lives."   Will S., Student

    “The Drivers Ed Program at Gates Chili will save your child’s life! Proper driving skills and safety should be taught by experts and Gates-Chili has fantastic instructors!”    Chief James VanBrederode, Town of Gates PD


    "This is one program that I highly recommend for all those individuals who wish to learn how to drive. Not only were a variety of situations covered in the classroom but also driving in different areas (on the expressway, during heavy traffic, etc). I found that my son appeared more confident behind the wheel and that he shared with me what he learned in class and on the road. Repetition is so important and I was pleased to hear that what I was or had taught him, was also being covered in class. The Instructors are a special breed. They possess insight into the capabilities of the individual student and a high degree of patience with each student.   The money spent was well worth it!!!"   Karen R.,  Parent


    "My son took Drivers Education from Gates Chili School District in 2012. He had a great experience and it made him a much more responsible driver. Listening and learning from an instructor versus his parents was the key. Every dollar spent on this course was worth the peace of mind we have felt ever since!"   Cynthia T., Parent


    "Driver Education was a great experience for our daughter. The instructors were friendly and encouraging. The extra time in the car experiencing city and highway traffic was very helpful. She gained confidence in her ability and passed her road test on the first try!"       Juliet S.  Parent  


     Meet our Driver Education Instructors


    Mr. Jon DelVecchio  

    Mr. DelVecchio is a High School Business education teacher at Rush Henrietta.  He has been teaching Driver education and the five hour course at Gates Chili since 2004.   Jon is the owner of Street Skills and recently published Driving Flashcards to help parents teach driving skills to their children.  In his spare time Jon also teaches the Learn to Ride



    Mr. Thomas Fasolt 

    Mr. Fasoldt loves science, camping, skiing and running 5ks. He has passionately taught physics for about 20 years for Greece Central Schools and Driver Education for various schools for nearly as long. The best part of teaching at Gates Chili, he says, is first, the students, and then the proximity to challenging driving environments like downtown Rochester.   He looks forward to working every day at Gates Chili!  



    Mr. Daniel Goodwin

    In addition to teaching Earth Science at Holley, Mr. Dan Goodwin has taught Drivers Education for over 15 years. Having taught in Holley, Pittsford and now at Gates Chili for the past 15 years, he is well aware of the skills needed by young drivers to be safe behind the wheel. A positive attitude and a willingness to continually evaluate their own driving are two of the essentials Mr. Goodwin tries to instill in our young drivers.


    Mr. Roger Brown  

     Our next Drivers Education program will hopefully begin in Late June 2021

    Questions? Call us at 247-5345 or Email