For students who only want help with taking the NYS permit exam. This can be coupled with private lessons and is for students that do not need the complete extended program. This class will be virtual with a live instructor. Please call for more details.
When determining a potential candidate for the extended program, an evaluation process will occur. This process will be reviewed by the evaluation team and is comprised of industry professionals. Our evaluation team will determine if a potential student is a viable candidate for the extended program.
We believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity at independence. However, the operation of an automobile comes with tremendous responsibility, and safety is always our foremost concern; therefore, every applicant may not be a fit for our program.
The Extended Program cost is $6,199.00 and is billed by phase. ($1,549.25 per phase) This program is accepted by Self-Direction under community classes and is open to all abilities
Phase (1) 2 months – Classroom Setting – Taking the NYS Permit Test: The NYS DMV permit handbook has been tailored to make the information easier to comprehend. It will either be in-person or virtual to allow the student to learn from home, allowing for a less stressful environment and then gradually moving into a more in-person learning experience.
Phase (2) 4 months – Simulator: A state-of-the-art simulator has been added to the curriculum to give the students hands-on driving experience and vehicle knowledge without stress or repercussions. It will be both at home and in person and consist of a two-disc CD instructional video program, a steering wheel, and foot pedals that easily adapt to any PC. This is included in the overall price. The purpose of the home simulator is to keep the students on track and engaged with what they learn in class.
Phases 3 and 4 (Golf Cart & Vehicle) will remain the same, and the home simulator will continue to keep the students on track and engaged.
Phase (3) 2 months – Golf Cart: This is where the student will get their first taste of real-world road experience. Each golf cart will be equipped with some of the safety features of an actual vehicle to give the student familiarity with vehicle functions. The start date for this phase is dependent on the time of year.
Phase (4) 4 months – Actual Vehicle: This is the final stage and will not be permitted until all the other stages have been completed and a passing grade is received. Prior to going on the open roads, students will first practice in a closed setting, such as a parking lot or open field.
The NYS Pre-Licensing Course will also need to be taken and can be administered by a partner company of Gersh Driver Education. An additional nominal fee will be required.
For more information on this program, including class schedules, call (631) 416-7224.
As individuals, we are special, but together we are unstoppable.
We figure out who needs to be involved, and we involve them. We keep an open mind and work hard at listening to others. We know when to dream and when to make a decision. We understand our strengths and the strengths of others. We use other people’s skills and abilities to complement our own.
“It is our goal to provide each student with the necessary information and techniques needed to be a safe and responsible driver and to provide a learning-friendly environment that meets the needs of each student’s learning style. Our students do not learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn.” ~ Joel B. Geller, Executive Director, Gersh Driver Education
These driving schools specialize in working with students on the Autism Spectrum. Professional and caring, North Hills Driving School as well as All County Driving School take a more hands-on approach to the sometimes delicate situations that come with driving.
Please call and receive a discount as a Gersh Driver Education Extended Program student.
North Hills Driving School
359 Rt. 111
Smithtown, NY 11787
All County Driving School
535 S. Broadway Suite 216
Hicksville, NY 11801