CLIU Driver Education


Governor Tom Wolf announced that all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will be closed for the remainder of the academic year. Our priority remains to keep our students, staff and community healthy. Therefore, effective immediately, all student driver education lessons that were scheduled to take place are canceled until further notice. We will work closely with our staff to provide additional opportunities for sessions upon the resuming educational services.

The Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21(CLIU) provides students through grade 12 with a program in Driver Education. We offer a Behind-the-Wheel (BTW) program and partner with the Edward Savioz Driver Training School for an online theory course throughout the school year.

The Behind-the-Wheel instruction is given in a dual-control car, which has a brake pedal for the instructor's use as well as other special safety equipment. Our goal in providing this program is to prepare competent, skillful, and responsible young drivers who will have the right attitude toward safe driving and will, therefore, assist in reducing accidents on the streets and highways.

The online theory course is available in a fully online format available at any time during the school year. The goal of the online theory program is to provide new drivers with a strong base to begin their practice. Students will learn about driving laws, road signs and signals, components of the car, and emergency preparedness.

Behind the Wheel lesson availability varies throughout the school year based on the number of registered students, instructor availability, and weather conditions. New sessions are added frequently by instructors as they determine availability. If you want to preview lesson availability for the next 12 weeks at either of our lesson pick-up locations before you purchase the program, please click the links below:

   Parkland HS Pickup Site Lesson Availability
   CLIU #21 Pickup Site Lesson Availability

To purchase the Behind the Wheel course at a cost of $290.00 for member school districts, click Register to set up your account. If you already have an account, log in above.

If you have additional questions, you may find the information on our Frequently Asked Questions document located here or give us a call at 610-769-4111 ext. 1299.

We are currently not accepting new registrations due to the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will reopen registration upon guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education when it is deemed safe to do so.

  Lesson cancellation/no show payment

Behind-the Wheel Training

Our goal in providing the Behind-the-Wheel program is to prepare competent, skillful, and responsible young drivers who will have the right attitude toward safe driving and will, therefore, assist in reducing accidents on the streets and highways. Lessons for this course are available year round. All students must be 16 years of age and have secured either a learner's permit or driver's license. On-the-Road Skills Training consists of 6 hours of individual behind-the-wheel training. Each lesson consists of skills that will build the student's driving skills and should be practiced between sessions.

Prior to beginning this program, it is recommended that students complete at least 10 hours of practice in becoming familiar with preparing for driving, understanding the motor vehicle functions, basic motion, steering, and signaling. Having advance preparation assists in the development of competent, confident, and safe drivers. Throughout the time frame of the lessons, students should be completing at least 60 hours of practice in addition to the instructed hours per PA Department of Motor Vehicles requirements. The PA Department of Motor Vehicles has some excellent resources including a guidebook for parents assisting in the practice of driving skills on their Teen Safety Tips page.

Students may be eligible for a 10-20 percent reduction in insurance premium costs upon completion of an approved Driver Education program. Please check with your individual insurance company.

Upon registration, students will be able to access the instructor calendar to select dates and times for lessons. All lessons begin and end at one of our approved pick-up locations. Testing must be completed at CLIU - Schnecksville or Parkland High School. If the scheduling calendar for a site is blank, this indicates that all available lessons are currently full. Please continue to check the schedule or enable notification in your account as instructors add additional sessions as they are available and student cancellations create open spaces as well.

**Please note: Beginning September 1, 2017, all eligible test students will be required to complete a parallel parking component during the Road Test.**

Required Documents:

*Additional lesson hours may be purchased at a rate of $55.00 per hour once you have registered for the initial training.

*Lessons that are missed without 24 hour cancellation will be assessed a $25.00 fee.

Eligibility for PA DMV Road Test during final lesson:

Schools that have an agreement with CLIU 21 to provide Student Driver Education End of course Skills Testing:

  • Allentown
  • Allentown Central Catholic
  • Catasauqua
  • Northampton
  • Northern Lehigh
  • Northwestern Lehigh
  • Notre Dame Green Pond
  • Palmerton
  • Parkland
  • Perkiomen School
  • Salisbury
  • Southern Lehigh
  • Tamaqua Area
  • Whitehall

If your school is not listed, please call our office to inquire about arranging an agreement with your school.

A senior license is obtainable at age 17 1/2 after the student has completed both the classroom and the behind-the-wheel instruction and the student has a Junior License at least one year without a violation.
License Change Application

Online Driving Theory Instruction

The Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21 now offers an online driving theory course in collaboration with the Edward Savioz Driving School. This 30 - hour online course can be completed at your own pace from anywhere you are connected to the internet. This course is interactive, convenient and easy to navigate, and will satisfy the theory component of the CLIU #21 program.

Cost: $118.00
Registration: CLIU Keys to Driving

For more information please contact the Student Driver Education Office via e-mail at or via phone at (610) 769-4111 Extension 1299 or (800) 223-4821 Extension 1299.

Vehicles supplied by Rentschler Chevrolet and Krause Toyota.


In case of inclement weather, lessons are cancelled when the site of the lesson is closed or has early dismissal.

Need help? Email us at: or call 610-769-4111 x1299

Your Privacy: CLIU 21 stores the name, email address, street address, telephone number, and class information of users for the purpose of providing Driver Education training. This data is kept confidential, and is not shared to third parties, with the exception of our online payment processor. Your credit card payment information is not stored by CLIU 21. The CLIU Driver Education website, as well as our processor, is PCI compliant.
Refund / Cancellation Policy: All sales are final. Unused credits are non-refundable.

The following Cancellation Rules apply:
1. If a student is a “No Show”, there will be a $25.00 cancellation fee.
2. If a student reports to a session without a permit or proper paperwork, there will be a $25.00 cancellation fee.
3. If a student goes home sick or is absent from school, the cancellation fee is waived after notifying the driver education office at 610-769-4111 x 1299 or
4. If there is a legitimate excuse and the student has to cancel, the cancellation fee is waived after notifying the driver education office at 610-769-4111 x 1299 or

Any refunds issued by CLIU 21 will be in the form of a mailed check.
Shipping Charges: There are no shipping charges for any of our training services.

Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21, 4210 Independence Dr. Schnecksville, PA 18078 Phone: 610-769-4111 The Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, sex or non-relevant handicap in activities, programs or employment practices. For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact the Director of Special Programs and Services, Section 504 Coordinator, or the Director of Human Resources, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, at the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit, 4210 Independence Drive, Schnecksville PA 18078-2580, 800-223-4821.