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South Dakota

Homeschooling in South Dakota

Explore Homeschooling helps you take an overview look at homeschooling requirements and guidelines in South Dakota. South Dakota favors detailed and organized homeschool record keeping. Other homeschool requirements occur occasionally and vary as your student ages. While only two subjects are required by the state, it is recommended that you teach subjects commonly taught in public schools for a well balanced education. The South Dakota Badlands are known as the “playground” of the dinosaur. The Badlands National Park is full of fossils that will fascinate students interested in paleontology.

Snapshot of Requirements

  • Complexity

    With some degree of reporting and accountability required, South Dakota ranks as a moderately challenging state to homeschool in.
  • Teaching

    South Dakota does not have requirements for any kind of teaching certification. Instruction in language arts and math is required. You must teach for a time period equivalent to your local public school. No single individual is permitted to homeschool more than 22 children at a time.
  • Testing

    Your student must take a standardized test in grades 4, 8, and 11. Results must be turned in to your local school district.
  • Registration

    In South Dakota, you will need to annually file a two-party witnessed or notarized intent to homeschool with a local school official.
  • Grade Level

    Homeschooling is allowed in all grades. South Dakota requires children between the ages of 5 and 18 to be schooled.
  • Reporting

    South Dakota requires that you "keep good records." Records should show evidence of progress and how many days of instruction were provided. It is recommended that you keep a copy of all standardized testing results on file. Your records may be viewed by the secretary of education with written notice.

Advice For Homeschooling In South Dakota

Strive for excellence in homeschooling by creating a mission statement, setting annual progress goals, and using external rubrics for measuring academic success. Remember to sign and submit your annual intent to homeschool form, witnessed by two parties or notarized before filing. Keep good records throughout the year. Utilize a planner or other form of attendance tracker to show proof of a public school equivalent instruction period.

QUICK FACTS

Over 10,000 students homeschool in the Mount Rushmore state of South Dakota!

South Dakota has an array of co-ops and tutorials for the homeschoolers!

South Dakota parents have had the right to homeschool since 1970.

Explore Homeschooling Holiday Crafts & Recipes

Need some help celebrating holidays throughout the year? Follow the link below and find a resource full of crafts, recipes, and fun suggestions for celebrating not just Thanksgiving and Christmas, but so much more!

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History Museums

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Nature Study

How do you handle nature studies when nature isn't your thing? You find help! This download defines and describes nature studies, provides a list of materials you need, offers practical ideas for implementing a nature study, and includes a book list for reinforcement. We've even included worksheets to guide you each step of the way.

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Aquariums & Zoos

Zoos and aquariums are always fun to visit. But, with a little extra time and energy investment, you can turn your visit into an academically enriching activity! In this download, you'll find tips for planning your trip well, activities to complete during your visit, follow-up activities discussion guides, and a list of books to reinforce what your students have learned.

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Libraries

Did you know that you can turn something as simple as a trip to the library into a delightful field trip? In this download, you'll learn how to lay the groundwork for a fun trip, discover all of the exciting ways to enjoy a library visit, and find age-appropriate follow-up activities.

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Historical Sites

Historical sites bring history to life in amazing ways. With so many options available, it might feel overwhelming to try to plan a trip. This month's download is here to help! Find tips for planning, carrying out, and following up on a historical site visit—then get ready to enjoy!

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Outdoor Family Fun

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Art Museums

Do you ever wonder if the things you and your students experience on a field trip really stick? Sometimes the simple act of asking targeted questions, turning the field trip into a game, or encouraging your students to take notes can make all the difference. In this Art Museum Activity E-Book, you'll find tips, activity suggestions, and printables to help you make the most of your next art museum field trip. Download your e-book today, and start planning your trip with confidence!

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Community Kindness

Have you heard of the Random Acts of Kindness movement (RAK)? That's what this month's field trip focus is all about!

In this Community Kindness Activity Guide, you'll find suggestions for showing kindness to people in your community. You'll also discover volunteer options for every stage of learning. Download your e-book today, and start planning your RAK fun!

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My Town

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Indoor Field Trips & Factories

Do you ever wonder if the things you and your students experience on a field trip really stick? Sometimes the simple act of asking targeted questions, turning the field trip into a game, or encouraging your students to take notes can make all the difference. In this Factory Activity E-Book, you'll find tips, activity suggestions, and printables to help you make the most of your next indoor field trip, with a special focus on factories of all kinds. Download your e-book today, and start planning your trip with confidence!

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Holiday Crafts & Recipes

No matter what the holiday, there are always fun ways to celebrate through crafts and cooking! In this Holiday Crafts & Recipes Activity E-Book, you'll find a wealth of craft options for all ages, as well as recipes you can whip up together. Use the results of your creativity to decorate your home, brighten the day of a friend, or even show appreciation to the people who serve your town or community!

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Science Museum

Do you ever wonder if the things you and your students experience on a field trip really stick? Sometimes the simple act of asking targeted questions, turning the field trip into a game, or encouraging your students to take notes can make all the difference. In this Science Museum Activity E-Book, you'll find tips, activity suggestions, and printables to help you make the most of your next science museum field trip. Download your e-book today, and start planning your trip with confidence!

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