ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS/ABSENCES FOR INDEPENDENT STUDIES OF ONE STUDENT OR OF TWO TO NINE STUDENTS: Nova encourages students who are doing an independent study to do their best to not miss any sessions. The program allows a maximum of two absences. If a student misses a third session, they will be dropped from the program, even if they have made up the other two sessions. They may re-enroll in a regular program, or they may set up another Independent Study by paying the program’s regular prices in full. No refunds will be given to students who are dropped due to excessive absenteeism.

 

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS/ABSENCES FOR INDEPENDENT STUDIES OF TEN OR MORE STUDENTS: Nova encourages students who are doing an independent study to do their best to not miss any sessions. The program allows a maximum of four absences. If a student misses a fifth session, they will be dropped from the program, even if they have made up the other four sessions. They may re-enroll in a regular program, or they may set up another Independent Study by paying the program’s regular prices in full. No refunds will be given to students who are dropped due to excessive absenteeism.

 

EARLY DEPARTURE FROM CLASS FOR ALL INDEPENDENT STUDY STUDENTS: Students may not leave a class early unless Nova receives written permission from the parent(s) or from a legal guardian. A text from the parent to the student, made from the phone number Nova has on file for the parent(s), is acceptable.

 

MAKE-UP CLASSES FOR INDEPENDENT STUDIES OF ONE TO NINE STUDENTS: Students who miss a classroom session must make up the missed session. Once their classroom course ends, the students have one week from the last class to complete any outstanding make-up work. Nova cannot certify a student whose work is incomplete, and Nova must certify each student with the Secretary of State in order for that student to acquire a driver’s license. It may take a student anywhere from half an hour to an hour to make up each absence’s work.

 

There are two make-up options for students in an Independent Study class comprised of one to nine students:

 

  1. Students are welcome to make up any missed classes during Nova’s weekly make-up class on Fridays from 3:30pm to 5:30pm at any Nova location, but they must email teenprograms@novadriving.com to inform Nova that they will bee attending. If a student cannot come to a Friday make-up session, they can schedule a separate make-up session by sending an email to the same address.
  2. If a student or their parents want their teen to have a specific teacher for a make-up session, the fee is $45 per missed hour. To schedule a make-up session with a teacher, please find a date and time and notify the Teen Program so the make-up session can be created. If there is more than one student in the Independent Study and both cancel the same class, the students have the option of splitting the cost of the make-up class.

MAKE-UP CLASSES FOR INDEPENDENT STUDIES OF TEN OR MORE STUDENTS: Students who miss a classroom session must make up the missed session. Once their classroom course ends, the students have one week from the last class to complete any outstanding make-up work. Nova cannot certify a student whose work is incomplete, and Nova must certify each student with the Secretary of State in order for that student to acquire a driver’s license. It may take a student anywhere from half an hour to an hour to make up each absence’s work.

 

MAKE-UP CLASSES—WRITTEN EXAM EXCEPTION FOR ALL INDEPENDENT STUDY STUDENTS: If students miss the written exam practice date during their classroom course, they may not use a standard Friday make-up class to complete it. Instead, they will need to attend a written-exam practice in another session in progress. The student or parent must contact teenprograms@novadriving.com and state explicitly that the make-up session is for the written exam preparation class. The student may be added to an Adult Driver’s Ed written exam class, or to an upcoming Teen Program written exam class. If neither of these options are convenient, the student may schedule a one-on-one independent study for written exam preparation at an $99 fee.

 

THE WRITTEN EXAM AT THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ALL INDEPENDENT STUDY STUDENTS: Once the student has completed their written exam practice day in the classroom (the fourth day of class), they will be provided with a permit form, which a parent or guardian must sign before they go to take their written exam at the Secretary of State’s office.

 


Each student is required to bring several other documents to the Secretary of State’s office in order to take their exam. A full list of eligible/required documents can be found here at the Secretary of State’s Office website.

 

NDS requires a copy of each student’s permit. Students should bring their permit to class so that the teacher can make a copy. Once the student has earned their permit, they may schedule their Behind-the-Wheel lessons.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR INDEPENDENT STUDIES OF ONE STUDENT: All class session cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before the class is scheduled to begin. If a student cancels a class  with less than 48 hours’ notice, there is a cancelation fee of $90 per every two hours cancelled.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR INDEPENDENT STUDIES OF TWO TO NINE STUDENTS: If the student will attend a Friday make-up session between 3:30 and 5:30 on the Friday after the cancelled class, there will be no fee incurred for the cancellation. If all of the students cancel a class with less than 48 hours’ notice, there is a cancelation fee of $90 per every two hours cancelled.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR INDEPENDENT STUDIES OF TEN OR MORE STUDENTS: If the student will attend a Friday make-up session between 3:30 and 5:30 on the Friday after the cancelled class, there will be no fee incurred for the cancellation. If all of the students cancel a class with less than 48 hours’ notice, there is a cancelation fee of $90 per every two hours cancelled.

 

If parents want their teen to have a teacher present for a make-up session, there will be a fee of $45 per missed hour. To schedule a make-up session with a teacher, please contact the Teen Program so they can schedule it. The students have the option of splitting the cost of the make-up class. Talk to the teen supervisor/manager if you need help.

 

REFUNDS FOR ALL INDEPENDENT STUDY STUDENTS: NDS will process refund requests made prior to the first lesson at their discretion, and on a case-by-case basis.

 

Students have 30 days from the package purchase date to request a refund. A 30% fee is applied to all program refunds made during this 30-day period. If a student decides to stop all lessons with NDS after the 30-day deadline has passed, payment cannot be refunded. However, the program credit remains available for one year from its purchase date, and students may choose to transfer the credit to a friend or family member.

 

PAYMENT REFUSAL/LACK OF FUNDS FOR ALL INDEPENDENT STUDY STUDENTS: In the event that the method of payment is returned for insufficient funds, the student or parent(s) will be responsible for the entire balance, as well as for any bank fees incurred by NDS due to payment refusal. In the event that the balance is not paid in full by 90 days, the student or parent(s) will be responsible for all billed charges, collection costs, and reasonable attorney fees.


Please read our Standard Terms and Conditions

 

For our Teen Classroom programs, please read our Teen Classroom Terms and Conditions

 

For our Behind the Wheel driving programs, please read our Behind the Wheel Terms and Conditions

 

For information about when a student may take their road test, please read our Road Test Readiness Checklist and Procedures