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Home Education in South Dakota

Homeschooling in South Dakota is referred to as Alternative Instruction or Alternative Education. Before you begin to homeschool, submit a notarized Application for Public School Exemption Certificate to local public school superintendent.  The form is available online from the Department of Education. 



NOTE: The information provided is a guideline. It is important for all parents to understand the statutes, procedures, policies, and/or guidelines in their home state and do what is necessary to comply with them. Find out the law in your state.

Home Education Resources and Support Groups

Families have been educating their children at home for years.  You don't need to start from scratch! 

Start with our Home Education Resources where you'll find links to curriculum, materials, teaching methods, answers to common questions about home education, step-by-step suggestions and creative options, and links to national organizations. Our goal is to share some of the best and most popular materials and resources.

You are not alone! There are many home education support groups in your area who have suggestions for teaching individual subjects, outlines of teaching methods, special needs links, activities, events, and much, much more. 

We also have links below to the major home education organization in South Dakota.  You can find more support groups at their website.


Private Schools

Use the National Center for Education Statistics to find a private school in your area - just enter your city!  This useful database has many ways to search, provides stats such as grade levels of schools, student population, contact info for schools.

Laws and Standards

For the best understanding on the law and how to read it, we recommend National Home Education Legal Defense (NHELD). Once you read their site, you'll know why they are your vanguards of true legal freedom.  Here is an excerpt from NHELD:


Parents educate their children for a variety of reasons in a variety of ways. However, there is one thing that is crucial for all parents, the need to be free so that they are able to educate in the manner in which they choose in the best interest of their children. Together, we can and must retain this freedom; without freedom, there is only one choice: government schooling. That is not acceptable.


We also have links to the laws regarding education (from the HSLDA website) and educational standards (from Developing Educational Standards)

If you feel that your group is not properly represented below - or if you know of a group that should be listed in one of our categories - or if you find a broken link - please let us know.  Thank you!


You may want to start with the main home education organization in your state.

South Dakota Christian Home Educators (SDCHE)

P.O. Box 9571, Rapid City, SD 57709-9571

Phone: 716-0290



Nonprofit, Christ-centered organization dedicated to primarily serving home educators in western South Dakota and secondarily serving home educators across South Dakota and in neighboring states. Our mission is to provide a covering, support and encouragement for home educators, educate people about home schooling, provide opportunities for children’s enrichment and growth through various activities, promote home schooling to the general public, and monitor legislative issues related to home schooling.


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West River Christian Homeschoolers (WRCH)

Contact: Monica Tanner (605) 716-4780 or Kimberly Wong (605) 716-2090

Email: or

Support Egroup
Interdenominational Christian homeschool support group that provides homeschool families with information, encouragement, and Christian relationships.

Area:  Rapid City and surrounding area


Sioux Empire Christian Home Educators (SECHE)


Support and encourage Christian home educating families by providing resources for parents, classes and activities for children, and recognition of academic achievement. $20 membership fee.

Area:  Sioux Falls and surrounding area


South Dakota Home School Association (SDHSA)

Phone: (605) 610-4461


Support Egroup
An inclusive group, dedicated to providing our members with educational and social opportunities. We have gym or park meet-ups once per week, an average of two tours per month, monthly swimming, quarterly bowling, and various other activities and parties. $20 membership fee.

Area:  Sioux Falls and surrounding area




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