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Homeschooling Laws in South Dakota

Knowing the requirements for homeschooling in South Dakota is one key to successful homeschooling. That is why we have provided you with specific information on homeschooling in South Dakota and helpful links to SD’s Department of Education, homeschool requirements, South Dakota homeschool laws, and legal support resources.

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Links for South Dakota Homeschool Laws

We will update our records on a yearly basis, but if any new legislation goes into effect for your state, it should be listed here.

South Dakota Department of Education Site

South Dakota Homeschool Site

South Dakota State Homeschool Law Summary

If you are homeschooling in the state of South Dakota, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Annually submit an application for an excuse to a local school official. It must be notarized or signed by two witnesses; and it must include the names of the teachers, place of instruction, and description of the basic skills taught. Find exemption forms here.  
    • The application should be filed no later than the first day of school in the local school district, or as soon as the family begins homeschooling in South Dakota, whichever comes first.
    • For first time homeschooling families, you must include either give a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate, or an affidavit swearing or affirming that the child for whom the excuse is being requested is the same as the person “appearing on the child’s birth certificate.”
  2. Take standardized tests in grades 4, 8, and 11. They must take either the standardized test used in the local public school district or any other nationally standardized test. Parents must file with the local school.
  3. Keep attendance records. Your school year should be the same length of time as a public school’s time, and your school district can request your documented time at any point during the school year.

Homeschool Resources for South Dakota Homeschool Laws

For additional information, including a downloadable PDF with a detailed analysis of your state’s homeschool laws and legal counsel, be sure to become a member of the HSLDA for a yearly fee.

South Dakota HSLDA Reference Site

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