Parents/guardians who currently provide alternative instruction pursuant to SDCL 13-27-3 are required to file a notification for Public School Exemption Certificate annually. The notification must be obtained here, from the local school district, or directly from the Department of Education. The completed notification must be filed with the superintendent of schools in the public school district in which the parent /guardian resides.

If you live in the Rapid City Area School District, please mail your completed form to: Rapid City Area Schools Home School Office, 625 Ninth Street, Suite 626, Rapid City, SD  57701-2694 or scan and email your completed form to

Home School is when a parent or guardian chooses to accept the responsibility for all aspects of their child’s education.  For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions.

Parents/guardians who wish to begin providing alternative instruction pursuant to SDCL 13-27-3 must also complete a notification for Public School Exemption Certificate. The completed notification must then be submitted to the local public school administration office.

Parent Responsibilities

Complete the notification form for exemption from public school attendance (13-27-2)

1. Required to declare exemption for students up to age 18 (compulsory attendance requirement) (13-27-1)
2. Return the completed exemption form to the public school district office, where you hold residence


May not instruct more than 22 students (13-27-3)
No requirement to be certified (13-27-3)

Must test in grades four, eight, and eleven (13-27-3)


1. Test may be monitored by local school district
2. A norm-referenced paper/pencil test for math and reading will be provided by the Department of Education at no cost to the parent
3. If another test is chosen, it is at the expense of the home school, and must be a nationally standardized achievement test of the basic skills
4. Test results must be sent to the local school district


*SD DOE will not allow tests to be mailed out of state/out of country to a home school family.

For more information click here for the South Dakota Department of Education Home School webpage.  Click here for an informational pamphlet, also from the SD DOE.