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South Dakota Homeschool Law & Support Groups

Homeschool Law

The following is provided for informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice.


APPLICATION FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE SDCL 13-27-3
"Parents/guardians who provide alternative instruction pursuant to SDCL 13-27-3 are annually required to file an application for public school exemption. The application should be filed with the superintendent of schools in the public school district where the parent /guardian resides. Attendance in alternative instruction is excused by the public school districtís board of education." PDF.

Office of Policy and Accountability: Alternative Instruction
State web site summarizing the laws applying the homeschooling.

Special Education Laws and Rules

I have no information at this time. Please feel free to contact me if you are aware of information I should include here.

Relevant Court Rulings and Position Papers

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Homeschool Support Groups

St. Margaret's Fellowship
"Catholic homeschool organization for families in the Sioux Falls South Dakota area."

South Dakota Christian Home Educators
"South Dakota Christian Home Educators (SDCHE) is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to serving home educators across South Dakota and in neighboring states. Our mission is to encourage and serve families interested or involved in home education by assisting them in finding the information and resources necessary to teach their children at home,and futhermore, to work on behalf of such home teaching families for the continued liberty to do so."

South Dakota Home School Association
"SDHSA was begun in 1983 by a group of Christian homeschooling parents. The advice given to our group at that time was to be an inclusive group, and so we started out as a nonsectarian group centered around the education of our children. We are a group of home schooling/alternative educating parents, almost all of whom are Christians of one denomination or another. Our group began as a support group for home schooling families, with the common focus on the enhancement of education for our children. We have chosen not to have a group statement of faith because we recognize that we are not in charge of each others' consciences. Therefore, we do not wish to encourage dishonesty or to violate anyone's conscience by having a group statement of faith; we believe this faith statement belongs within the domain of each individual home schooling family."

Homeschool Resources

Learning Disabilities Association of South Dakota
"The Association conducts workshops and conferences; assists local communities in forming local branches; collaborates with other organizations with similar missions and concerns; and, provides 1-on-1 assistance to individuals and families. Most visible among its efforts is the Associationís statewide annual conference." Hosted at Geocities, so expect pop-ups.

Learning Disabilities On-Line: South Dakota State Resources
A resource sheet with state and federal resources, parent support groups, and professional associations.

West River Christian Homeschoolers
"WRCH is a South Dakota Interdenominational Christian homeschool support group that serves Rapid City and the surrounding area. Our goals are to provide homeschool families with information, encouragement, and Christian relationships. WRCH is for those seeking to communicate and build support networks with other families who share like values."


Getting Started
Tips and resources for getting started with homeschooling.

Legal Issues
Special legal issues facing parents homeschooling children with disabilities.





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