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.

During the 2021 Legislative session HB 177 revised the provisions of parental choice regarding compulsory school attendance contained in SDCL 13-27. On July 1, 2021 the revised law went into effect.

The new, simplified online reporting system, which will be utilized collectively by parents/guardians, school districts and the Department of Education is currently posted on the South Dakota Department of Education Home School webpage, along with additional guidance regarding the providing of alternative instruction.

Please select  here for the Department of Education Home School webpage for information and requirements regarding this reporting.

Parents/guardians who currently provide alternative instruction pursuant to SDCL 13-27-3 are required to complete the online notification for Public School Exemption for the 22-23 school year, or within thirty days if new to alternative instruction.

If you live in the Rapid City Area School District, and have questions, please call Cara Bento at the Rapid City Area Schools Home School Office, 605-394-4037 or email her at Cara.Bento@k12.sd.us.

For more information click here for the South Dakota Department of Education Home School webpage.