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The Best Drivers Behind the Wheel

We recruit, train, and retain better than anyone in the industry

Ensure you have the best drivers representing your district

First Student drivers are familiar faces in their community, providing care and compassion that empowers students to grow and thrive. Our experience and industry expertise has allowed us to develop best practices that get the right people behind the wheel. Our drivers get up to 47 hours of training, depending on experience level. We also include an annual driver training evaluation, which includes:


  • Child search process
  • Bus evacuations
  • Mirror stations
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Railroad risk assessment
  • Intersection risk assessment
  • Smith System of Advanced Driving Techniques
  • Adverse weather driving

Miles driven every year


Qualified and highly engaged technicians who hold over 3,200 ASE certifications


Student journeys completed every day


Hours of specialized training for van drivers

Caring for students is at the heart of everything we do

We recruit drivers who share our commitment and provide them with the industry’s best training and coaching. Our goal is to give students the best possible experience on their way to and from school.

First Student drivers are the face of our company, but there is a whole team that stands behind and supports them. From routing and dispatch to maintenance and safety, we’ve built our entire system around our promise to protect every student, every day. When you partner with us, you get that promise in action.​

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DriverScore focuses on key metrics to give drivers tangible goals they can focus on and improve against. Making scores visible to the team has created a friendly competition amongst drivers and further improved our company-wide commitment to safety and continuous improvement.

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FirstServes is a revolution in special needs transportation. Building on our standard special needs training, it incorporates research-based interventions and other leading training models to better serve children with disabilities.

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Learn More About Us!

As the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America, First Student moves more students per day than all U.S. airlines combined. We know the value in leveraging our best practices, technologies, and processes to deliver quality transportation solutions. What sets us apart is our desire to build close, trusted partnerships with the districts we serve.

US Corporate Headquarters
191 Rosa Parks Street, 8th Floor,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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