ANY QUESTIONS: Are there driving schools in Columbia?

Monday, June 23, 2014 | 5:33 p.m. CDT

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Reddit user AlexMachinas posed this question: What are the options for driving schools around town?

We searched for driving schools in Columbia and found that there are a couple of options for aspiring drivers. Here's what we found out about the two programs that returned our phone calls. Note: To add another school or class, comment below or email


A & B Driving School

Location: 12090 W. Highway EE, Rocheport, MO 65279

Phone: 875-8772

Website: No website

Contact: Cletus Koehler


  • Behind-the-wheel training
  • One-on-one training

This driving school is for drivers who have their permits — most of the clientele are 15 to 17 years old, Koehler said. The school is open Monday through Friday, and some lessons can be scheduled on the weekends during the school year. Course A is a six-hour course; Course B is a three-hour course. If a student wants to learn how to drive a manual transmission, he or she will have to provide their own car, Koehler said. 

Drivers education class at Columbia Public Schools

Location: Battle High School, Hickman High School and Rock Bridge High School

This summer course has been filled for the 2014 summer session. There are two sections hosted at each of the three high schools. Total enrollment was capped at 150 students.

Students' next chance for this program is summer 2015.

The class includes 30 hours of classroom training that consists of online coursework, 12 hours of observation and six hours of behind-the-wheel training. Enrollment began in February. The deadline for guaranteed placement was April 16, according to Ann Landes, who works in the Columbia Public Schools summer school office. Registrants must be students in a Columbia high school or have a parent who is a Columbia resident, Landes said.

This half-credit course is listed as "1615EL Driver Education" for students entering grades 10 through 12. Students must have already applied for a learner's permit to complete the driving portion of the course, Landes said.

The following is from a course description provided by Landes: "Emphasis is placed upon mechanics of driving, execution of driving operations and rules of safe driving. Grades for this course are not based on averages of practice work and tests or demonstrations, but rather only on mastery tests and demonstrations. Inevitably, some before-or after-school practice driving time must be planned to ensure that all students not only receive the minimum required practice, but receive as much as they need to master the essential driving skills. This course is the equivalent of a one-semester course."

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Mike Martin June 23, 2014 | 9:36 p.m.

Our daughter took lessons from A&B. Excellent school!

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