School Choice in

South Dakota

South Dakota provides K–12 students and their families few types of school choice, including one private school choice program, home schooling and inter-district and intra-district public school choice via open enrollment.

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Private School Choice

South Dakota has one private school choice program, a tax-credit scholarship. This type of program helps families afford to send their children to participating private schools.

Public School Choice

South Dakota has inter-district and intra-district open enrollment policies, which allow some students to attend traditional public schools outside their zoned schools. South Dakota does not have magnet schools.

Charter Schools

South Dakota is one of the few states that does not have charter schools, which are publicly funded schools that are free from many of the regulations that restrict traditional public schools.


Parents have to meet certain laws in South Dakota when homeschooling their children.