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The South Dakota Home School Association of Sioux Falls is a volunteer-run organization.  Although we are glad to lend a hand to current and prospective homeschooling parents, we ourselves are busy homeschooling parents who have a limited amount of time to offer.  Before contacting us, we would ask that you take a few moments to read through our FAQ, which addresses our most commonly-asked questions.  Note: The information to follow is for guidance only, and should not be regarded as legal advice.


Q:  Can I hire someone to homeschool my child?

A.  By nature, homeschooling is family centered education, and most parents who choose homeschooling do so because they are interested in taking a very active role in the education of their children.  With that being said, some homeschooling parents do hire tutors, and special programs such as online courses and co-op classes may be available to your student.  Tutoring is offered by the same organizations and businesses that serve institutionally educated students.  While we do help to promote area businesses that provide discounts to homeschoolers, the SDHSA does not endorse nor provide referrals to any particular tutoring program.


Q:  Is the South Dakota Home School Association a state entity or government organization?

A:  No.  The SDHSA is an informal, volunteer-run group that exists to provide enjoyable and educational activities for our member families. 


Q:  Is the South Dakota Home School Association a state-wide organization?

A:  The SDHSA supports families who live in Sioux Falls and the surrounding tri-state area.  Families who do not live within a convenient traveling distance to Sioux Falls are welcome to join, but would not enjoy the majority of the benefits of membership, as our group’s main focus is on congregating for activities.  Links to websites for other South Dakota homeschool groups can be found on our “Links” page under “Other South Dakota Homeschooling Groups”.


Q:  Does the SDHSA have a minimum attendance requirement?

A:  No, the number of activities your family attends is completely up to you, however, regular attendance of activities is  very helpful in building and maintaining friendships. 


Q:  How do I get started?

A: Parents/guardians are required to file an Application for Public School Exemption Certificate (click here to download) annually.  The completed application must be filed with the superintendent of schools in the public school district in which your family resides.  In Sioux Falls, the application may be dropped off at (or mailed to) the Instructional Planning Center.  Although the state does not stipulate filing the application by a particular date, it is recommended that the completed application be submitted prior to your local school district’s first meeting of the academic year (usually just prior to the first day of school).  If you wish to withdraw your child(ren) and begin homeschooling during an academic year that is already in progress, you will want to file your application, then wait to begin homeschooling until after the following school board meeting (at which point the district superintendent is to approve the application).  This is the only legal requirement for getting started.  Please also see our “Getting Started” page for answers to many common questions on starting your homeschooling journey.


Q:  Can you tell me where to get the required materials and/or curriculum?

A:  While there are state standards for homeschooling, South Dakota laws do not stipulate the use of any particular types of materials or curriculum.  Methods used to homeschool are up to each individual homeschooling family.  It may seem overwhelming at first, but the ability to choose from a variety of methods and materials is a major benefit of homeschooling.  We suggest learning about the different methods of homeschooling, giving special consideration to the methods that you feel will compliment your child(ren)’s learning style(s) and in which you would feel comfortable presenting educational topics.  Once you identify a method that you think will be a good fit, you should have a good idea of what materials will be needed.  Keep in mind that over time, your family’s preferences may change -- this happens with many homeschooling families.  Membership in a group such as the SDHSA will enable you to meet parents who have similar educational philosophies, which can further assist you in your homeschooling. 


Q:  Does South Dakota require testing of homeschooled students?

A:  Yes.  Children are to be tested in grades two, four, eight, and eleven.  Testing is only required in the areas of mathematics and language arts, although testing in other subjects may be done at your discretion.  You may choose to administer the SAT10 test, provided at no cost by the Department of Education, or you may purchase and administer a nationally standardized test.  Tests are administered in the home (school) by the teacher (parent/guardian).  See our “Links” page for websites that offer the sale and grading of standardized tests for homeschoolers.



If you have questions that are not addressed in our FAQ, please feel free to email us at questions@sdhsa.org.  If you have questions that you feel would be best addressed by a specific SDHSA coordinator, our email addresses are as follows:


Parties - Ami

Volunteerism:  Becky

Treasurer:  Crystal

Crafts:  Cyndi

Secretary:  Michele

Tours/Activities:  Tera & Gina

Members Helping Members:  TBD

Website:  Melissa

Media Contact:  Thor

Fundraising:  Cyndi

Roots & Shoots:  Amy


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SDHSA of Sioux Falls

P.O. Box 882               

Sioux Falls, SD  57101

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