Driver Education Department

  • Students are required to take seven semesters of Physical Education and one semester of Health. Students who take Driver Education at Lake Park during the school year are waived from one semester of Physical Education. If a student elects to take Driver Education during the summer school session or outside Lake Park, the student will be assigned to two semesters of Physical Education during the school year. Likewise, if a student chooses not to take Driver Education at all, then the student will be enrolled in Physical Education in place of Driver Education. Students may not substitute another course in place of Driver Education in their schedule.
    Jeff Henrikson, Driver Education Coordinator

    * Please note that Driver Education will not be offered during summer school.
    May 28, 2020 - Driver Education and Behind-the-Wheel Update

    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    As Lake Park High School concludes the 2019-2020 school year, I want to provide an update on the Driver Education course and grading procedures for students who are currently enrolled in Driver Education

    When the semester ends, students will receive a grade for the work they completed during the semester. As students finish assignments, teachers have been entering grades into the Home Access Center (HAC). Students who have not completed remote classroom work will be given an “E” (exempt) for the missing assignments.  

    A portion of the student’s grade in Driver Education is Behind-the-Wheel, and there are four graded “Behind-the-Wheels.” In order for a student to obtain their license, as per the Secretary of State, they need to complete the classroom work and Behind-the-Wheel portions of the Lake Park Driver Education course. Given the current situation with remote learning, students are unable to complete the Behind-the-Wheel portion of the course. When it is determined safe by the Illinois State Board of Education, students will be permitted to complete their Behind-the-Wheel experiences.

    We anticipate completing the Behind-the-Wheel experiences during the summer or fall of 2020. Teachers will communicate with students via their Lake Park email when Behind-the-Wheel experiences resume. Remember the Behind-the-Wheel is a requirement of the Secretary of State in order to obtain a driver’s license.  

    Please let me know if you have any questions. I can be reached via email at

    Jeff Henrikson
    Curriculum Leader for PE/HE/DE
    Driver Education Coordinator