Drivers Education

Welcome and thank you for choosing Bigfork Traffic Education. A couple of things to keep in mind before the mandatory parent meeting, which will be mailed out prior to the meeting, are the requirements and times of class meetings. I will cover all of this in the parent meeting but I would like to front-load you now so you can make the decision of whether or not this is the right class or time of the year for you and your student. There is a google form to sign up below, this is how you will sign up for driver’s education. I only have room in my
Fall, Winter and Spring courses for 19 students. Summer class I can usually take about 24.

Things to keep in mind:

1. Your student/students need to be the legal age of 14 ½ years old by the time the State written TELL exam is given. The TELL stands for “Traffic Education Learners License”. This test is given out three weeks into class.

2. The parent meeting is mandatory and counts as 1 contact day towards the state requirements.

3. All classes will run Monday-Friday from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm and drives will follow from 6:30-8:30 pm. Drives will also take place on Saturdays between 8am- 5pm

4. The class runs usually around 5 to 6 weeks with times changing as the class winds down.

5. The state has mandated 25 contact days, 42 classroom hours, 6 hours of behind the wheel, 18 hours of observation. This is the reason  why it takes 5-6 weeks to complete the course. Please keep in mind I am the only instructor. If your child is in sports this may not be a good time for traffic education. Please sign up for the appropriate class where you child may be present for every class.

6. When it comes to obtaining your TELL, within 6 months your student needs to have 50 hours of supervised driving with any licensed adult over the age of 18. 10 of these hours need to be at night. Restricted hours are from 11 pm to 5 am.

7. Please remember to bring with you to the parent meeting a copy of the students birth certificate and social security number so it can be put on the application.

This is some of the information briefly covered, the rest will come at the parent meeting. If you have any questions please email or call the high school office. Thank you again for choosing Bigfork traffic education and I look forward to meeting you at the parent meeting.

Luke Thompson – Traffic Education Coordinator Bigfork School District #38 

Bigfork Students will have first priority for the classes.  Any students out of district will be on the waiting list and added to the class if an opening comes available.

New classes will be posted as they are scheduled and will be open for immediate enrollment. Once the class is full, any additional registrants will be placed on the waitlist. 
Payments must be paid prior to the parent meeting and can be dropped off at the HS office.


Possible 2nd Summer Class – 7/6 through end of July. 

This class will not be confirmed until May or June, so please sign up for another class also and we will let you know as soon as we can.  Class would be from 8-10am and drive times would be 10-1pm and 1-4pm.




FALL 2020: 10/5 thru mid-November




WINTER 2021 – 1/11 through mid-Feb




SPRING 2021 – 4/5 through mid-May 



Traffic Education Instructor

Luke Thompson
Traffic Education Teacher