Traffic Education Traffic Education 2015-2016

Traffic education strives to provide teen drivers with a foundation that will instill safety, caution and a basic understanding of the laws that govern driving.  Traffic Education is not a school requirement; however, it is a requirement of the Montana Motor Vehicle Division for students who intend to obtain a driver's license prior to reaching the age of 16.

Class Information:
Classes consist of at least 60 hours of structured learning experiences scheduled over no less than 25 student contact days for each student including no fewer than six hours of behind-the-wheel, in-traffic driving instruction by an Office of Public Instruction-approved traffic education teacher scheduled over no less than six student-contact days of which:
  • up to 12 of the required 60 hours may be satisfied by in-vehicle observation of an approved teacher instructing another novice driver; 
  • for those schools having traffic simulator equipment approved by the Office of Public Instruction, 12 hours of simulation may be substituted for two hours of behind-the-wheel instruction or six hours of simulation may be substituted for one hour of behind-the-wheel instruction.
Students may not miss more than 3 classes to pass the course.  Students missing more than 3 classes will be dropped without a refund.

Registration Requirements:  NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Student must be 14½ years of age by the class start date
A Parent or Legal Guardian as well as every enrolled student is required to attend the first class session and must bring the following original documents.  
  • Student Birth Certificate
  • Student Social Security Card
  • Parent or Legal Guardian's Valid Driver's License  
Registration and Payment Methods:  
Class tuition is $340 and payment is required at the time of registration.  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and classes fill quickly.  There are three methods of registration.  
  • Online:  Register online by selecting the link below.  For those registering online, it is best to create a student profile on the registration site prior to the opening of registration.   (Credit and Debit Cards are accepted.)  
  • Phone:  Call Sentinel High School (406)728-2403 or The Lifelong Learning Center (406)549-8765. (Credit and Debit Cards are accepted.)  
  • On Site: Register at one of the following locations. (Credit/Debit Card, Cash or Checks made payable to MCPS are accepted.) 
Sentinel High School   
901 South Ave. West
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Lifelong Learning Center
310 South Curtis
Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.  

Online Waiting Lists
  • If a class if full, the registration system will create a waiting list and date/time stamps records to maintain the order.
  • No payment is required to be placed on a waiting list, however you must complete the "check out" process and you will receive an email confirmation that you are on the waiting list.
  • Waiting lists are purged once a class has started and placement on a waiting list does not give preference for enrollment in subsequent classes.

Cancelation and Refund Policy
  • Cancelations must be made by calling Sentinel High School (406-728-2403) and speaking with Andrea Schlueter.  Cancelation requests made via email, voice mail or any other means will not be accepted.
  • Refund Policy  
    • If canceled 96 hours prior to the class start time, a full refund will be received.  
    • If canceled within 96 hours of the class time start, a 75% refund will be received.  
    • There is no refund available after the class has started or for failure to attend the first class session with the required documentation.

Register for Fall classes begins at noon on Monday, July 20, 2015!

Current class information and online registration.


Questions?  Please contact Andrea Schlueter (406)728-2400, ext. 7048 or email