Have a Teen getting a Drivers License?

Dear Mission Vista High School Families,

On Wednesday, January 29th, at 6 pm, MVHS will host the third Start Smart session of the school year.  Start Smart is a free two-hour course that provides teen drivers and their parents with an opportunity to clearly understand their responsibilities when a teen starts to drive. 

Mission Vista High School now requires all student drivers wanting to park on campus to complete the Start Smart driver’s safety program, which is hosted by the California Highway Patrol. Students, along with one parent/guardian must attend and complete the program in order to obtain a school parking permit.  Any 10th-12th-grade student who has recently obtained his/her driver’s license or will earn it at some point in the next calendar year is encouraged to attend.  Students who have already attended the course in the past are not required to attend again. 


There is no need to register in advance for the Start Smart course as students will check in with their school ID card at the door. Students who are currently 18 years of age are not required to be accompanied by a parent/guardian to the course. 

Doors to the Theatre will open at 5:30 p.m on the 29th, and the Start Smart session will begin at 6:00 p.m.  



Mission Vista High School, like many schools in North County, now requires all student drivers wanting to park on campus to complete the Start Smart driver's safety program, which is hosted by the California Highway Patrol. Students, along with one parent/guardian must attend and complete the program in order to obtain a school parking permit. Students who attended the course last year are not required to attend again this year.


The Start Smart program is a free two-hour course that provides teen drivers and their parents with an opportunity to clearly understand their responsibilities when a teen starts to drive. Taught by trained law enforcement personnel, it creates awareness of possible consequences, both financial and physical, of distracted or impaired driving and provides applicable information about collision prevention. The class also clarifies the restrictions of the Provisional License Law and touches on social host ordinances. The program represents a concerted effort intended to reduce the risks associated with teen driving. Additional information can be found by clicking here.

Mission Vista High School will host 3 Start Smart sessions this year:

  • August 2019 
  • Oct. 16, 2019.  6:00-8:00 p.m. in the theater
  • January 29, 2020.  6:00-8:00 p.m. in the theater