South Dakota

Code Section
13-27-1, et seq.

Age Requirements
Between 6 and 16

Exceptions
Child achieved 8th grade and fits into a religious exemption; competent instruction received from another source; illness in the family

Home School Provisions
Parent need not be certified but Department of Education may ensure instruction is being provided and inspect records; may not instruct over 22 children; must take national standardized test provided by school district; must be for equivalent period of time as public school; must include basic skills of language arts and math

Penalties on Parents for Noncompliance
Class 2 misdemeanor; each subsequent offense is Class 1 misdemeanor


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