High School Graduation Requirements (adopted in 2009)

The South Dakota Board of Education Standards passed the minimum requirements on Nov. 2, 2009.

The South Dakota Board of Education Standards passed new graduation requirements on July 16, 2018. A soft implementation of the new state graduation requirements is in effect starting Fall 2018.

Districts may do the following:

  • Districts may choose to fully implement the new graduation requirements immediately
  • Districts may continue to follow previous state graduation requirements (adopted in 2009)
  • Districts may implement the new graduation requirements for students of their choosing and continue using the 2009 graduation requirements for other students
By Fall 2020, the new graduation requirements will be in full implementation.

For more information on the graduation requirements adopted in 2018, visit http://doe.sd.gov/gradrequirements/.

Documents and Useful Links
Graduation Requirements Handbook Graduation Requirements FAQs Webinar Recording
Graduation Requirements Infographic Graduation Requirements FAQs Webinar Handout
Graduation Requirements FAQs
Math Exclusion Documentation How To: Health/ Health Integration
Math Exclusion Documentation in Word format List of Approved CTE Courses
Science Exclusion Documentation CTE for Core Content
Science Exclusion Documentation in Word Format Implementation Timeline
Related Administrative Rules Pathways "old" Grad Requirements
Graduating Coding Guidance for Students on an IEP Questions & Answers on Report Cards and Transcripts for Students with Disabilities

18 Compulsory School Age
Carol Uecker, 605-773-4771
Course Codes
Career and Technical Education
Division of CTE, 605-773-3423
Course Requirements to Graduate
Andrea Diehm, 605-773-4150
Fine Arts, Science, Social Studies
Nicol Reiner, 605-295-2507
Course Content Standards
English/Language Arts, World Language
Teresa Berndt, 605-773-4662
Health Education, Physical Education
Stephanie Higdon, 605-295-8190
English Language Learners (ELL)
Yutzil Becker, 605-773-4698
End-of-Course Exams
Chris Booth, 605-773-6156
Online Courses < South Dakota Virtual School (SDVS)
Sherry Dickerson, 605-773-2490
Home School
Carol Uecker, 605-773-4771
Teacher Certification
certification@state.sd.us, 605-773-2490
Special Education (SPED) or IEP
See Regional Contacts at http://doe.sd.gov/oess/documents/17-SPED-reps.pdf