Compulsory Attendance to 18

Effective July 1, 2009, students are required to attend school until they reach the age of 18. Previously, the state's compulsory school attendance age was 16. South Dakota Codified Law 13-27-1 spells out the state's mandatory attendance requirements.

Some students may be able to take advantage of school-based GED programs. Alternative instruction, or homeschool, remains an option under the new law.

For additional information on GED Program, contact the Department of Labor and Regulation.

Useful Links
GED Program - SD Dept. of Labor
SDCL 13-27-1