Starting a Private School in South Dakota


Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Regulations

We’ve curated the laws and regulations about starting a private school in South Dakota.


Resources

What resources and associations are available to help new education entrepreneurs?


Starting a School Guide

See what else you need to know about starting a private school. From your curriculum to your marketing, and everything in-between.

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South Dakota State Regulations


General Regulations


South Dakota State

  • There are no registration, licensing or approval requirements and accreditation is optional.
  • The South Dakota Department of Education has assembled a page of guidelines for private schools.
  • The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled a summary of regulations for private schools operating in South Dakota.
  • Homeschooled students must take periodic state assessments to ensure learning goals are being met.
  • The South Dakota DOE has no published requirements for school insurance — consult a professional for guidance in this area.

State Funding Sources & Support

South Dakota does not provide funding for private education.


Curriculum Requirements

Schools must offer instruction in language arts and math for an equivalent period of time as public schools. All nonpublic schools must provide regular courses in the constitutions of the United States and the state of South Dakota beginning no later than eighth grade and continuing through high school.


Teacher Certification & Hiring

Instructors do not have to be certified. In nonaccredited schools, instructors cannot teach more than 22 students.

Food Services / Lunch

In South Dakota, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Department of Education.


Length of School Year

The number of hours in the school term for kindergarten may be no less than 437.5 hours, for grades one through five may be no less than 875 hours, and for grades six through 12 may not be less than 962.5 hours, exclusive of intermissions. An intermission is the time when pupils are at recess or lunch.


Recordkeeping & Reports

Schools must keep enrollment information as well as request birth certificates to ensure student age and identity.

Healthy & Safety Requirements

Students must be immunized or provide documentation of a medical or religious exemption.


Transportation

Transportation is not provided by the state or district for private schools students. All school busses must be inspected annually.


Testing

Students must annually take a standardized achievement test.

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Introduction to Starting a School

Introduction

We’ve developed these 10 topics to help you along the way. Take them all in at once, or start with the areas most relevant right now.


Creating Your School Identity

School Identity

There’s plenty you can do to develop your own brand, starting right from your personal ideals and goals for your school.


Creating Your School Curriculum

Curriculum

Our curriculum pages include ideas on where to go to find materials, and different associations and educational models you may want to consider.


Legal & Operating Requirements

Legal & Operating Requirements

You need to know the requirements at both the federal level and for your state. Here are the basic details for every state.


Introduction to Starting a School

Funding & Finance

Here we share ideas for possible funding sources, and ways you might be able to start with less than you thought necessary.


Creating Your School Identity

Business Plan & Budget

Having a plan for how you’ll operate and a budget to predict and allocate funds is critical for all businesses, schools included. We’ve pulled together resources here to help with both.


School Facilities

Facilities

What facilities are right for your school? We encourage new schools to get creative, and have compiled some considerations to take into account.


School Staffing

Staffing

How can you find and recruit the right talent for your school? What qualifications or certifications are required?


School Policies & Procedures

Policies & Procedures

Here we share ideas for possible funding sources, and ways you might be able to start with less than you thought necessary.


Marketing & Online Presence

Marketing & Online Presence

Having a plan for how you’ll operate and a budget to predict and allocate funds is critical for all businesses, schools included. We’ve pulled together resources here to help with both.


School Associations

Associations

What facilities are right for your school? We encourage new schools to get creative, and have compiled some considerations to take into account.