Homeschooling in South Dakota

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Familiarize yourself with the steps for homeschooling in South Dakota by reading this article. Learn what the state requires of homeschoolers and get information about educational resources you can use.

Homeschool Set Up

You can begin homeschooling in South Dakota without completing any special education or training. You will simply need to submit a school attendance exemption form to the local school district for your child. These forms can be located on the website for the South Dakota Department of Education ( These forms must be completed every year that you homeschool your child, up to the age of 18.

Be aware that the first time you file this form you will need to provide proof of your child's identification. This can include a birth certificate copy, an affidavit from the Department of Health regarding your child, or an affidavit that identifies your child and is notarized or witnessed by two people. You can find a copy of this final affidavit on the Department of Education's website.

Finally, you are not permitted to homeschool more than 22 children.

Homeschool Education

You are required to instruct your child for an amount of time that equals the schooling he or she would receive in public school. South Dakota also requires you to provide yearly instruction in language arts and mathematics. You are not limited to instruction in these subjects and can teach your child about other core subjects.

You can find educational resources for your child on These homeschool courses deal with math and English, as well as science, social studies, health and more. These study guides are designed for a variety of grade levels, allowing you to personalize the study experience of your child. Kids can view short, fun video lessons, work on interactive quizzes and study at their own pace. Check out your options:

English9th Grade English
10th Grade English
11th Grade English
12th Grade English
AP English Literature
AP English Language
MathematicsHigh School Algebra I
High School Algebra II
High School Trigonometry
High School Precalculus
AP Calculus
ScienceMiddle School Physical Science
Middle School Earth Science
High School Physical Science
High School Physics
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
AP Environmental Science
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Physics 1
AP Physics 2
AP Physics C
Social ScienceHigh School Psychology
AP Macroeconomics
HumanitiesAP Music Theory
HistoryMiddle School World History
Middle School U.S. History
High School World History
High School U.S. History
AP World History
AP European History
AP U.S. History

Younger child can work on these science, social studies, language arts and math courses for kids. Expert instructors set up these courses to help younger children build their understanding of these core subject areas.

Homeschool Assessments

South Dakota requires you to test the academic progress of your child at the following grade levels:

  • 2nd
  • 4th
  • 8th
  • 11th

Currently homeschooled students are allowed to take the Stanford 10 Abbreviated test with the cost covered by the school district. You may also choose to use a different nationally accepted standardized test, though you will responsible for any costs associated with the assessment. Be aware that the Stanford 10 Abbreviated test will not be used after the 2015-2016 school year. South Dakota has not yet selected the test that will replace it.

Homeschool Activities

Homeschooled children in South Dakota may be permitted to take part in interscholastic activities that are offered by public schools. Your child will have to meet certain eligibility requirements. You can check out the exact regulations for these activities on the website for the South Dakota Department of Education.

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