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Waivers: Administrative Rule

A school district may apply for a waiver from an administrative rule governing school accreditation in order to implement an alternative plan to meet the administrative rule that will better meet local learning goals, enhance educational opportunities, promote equity, or increase accountability. The most common reason for applying for such a waiver is to offer a high school level course, taught by a high school certified teacher, to students below grade nine for high school graduation credit.

Current Approved Waivers

All waivers expire July 1st of the indicated expiration date year.

Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit before Grade 9 8th Grade Algebra I
8th Grade Algebra II
8th Grade Geometry
2025
2025
2025
Credit by Exam Alegbra I Course Equivalency
Algebra II Course Equivalency
Geometry Course Equivalency
Civics/Government Course Equivalency
Spanish I Course Equivalency
Physical Science Course Equivalency
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
Required HS Unit Offerings Oral Interpretation 1/2 Cr allowed for Speech 2028
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit before Grade 9 8th Spanish I Credit 2028
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit before Grade 9 8th Algebra I Credit
8th Biology Credit
8th English I Credit
8th Physical Science Credit
8th Spanish I Credit
2027
2027
2027
2027
2027
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit before Grade 9 8th Algebra I Credit 2028
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit before Grade 9 8th Algebra I Credit 2027
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit before Grade 9 8th Algebra I Credit 2026
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
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Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Certification Requirement 2026
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Health
8th Career Exploration
2028
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit before Grade 9 8th Geometry Credit 2028
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2028
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2026
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Algebra II
8th Biology
8th Chemistry
8th Geometry
8th World Geography
8th German I
8th German II
8th Latin I
8th Latin II
8th Spanish I
8th Spanish II
8th Spanish III
2027
2027
2027
2027
2027
2027
2027
2027
2027
2027
2027
2027
2027
Credit By Exam Algebra I Course Equivalency
Algebra II Course Equivalency
Biology Course Equivalency
Chemistry Course Equivalency
Geography Course Equivalency
Geometry Course Equivalency
Government Course Equivalency
Physical Science Course Equivalency
Physics Course Equivalency
US History Course Equivalency
World History Course Equivalency
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2028
Credit before Grade 9 8th Physical Science 2028
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2028
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Geometry
2029
2028
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Algebra II
8th Geometry
2028
2028
2028
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2028
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2026
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Art I
8th Computer Programming
8th Sculpture
2027
2026
2026
2026
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Geometry
8th Physical Science
2027
2025
2025
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2027
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Certification Requirement Rule 2025
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Health
8th World Geography
2025
2025
2025
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2027
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Health
8th Algebra I
2025
2026
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Health
8th Physical Science
2029
2029
2029
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2029
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Geometry
2029
2029
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Physical Science
2027
2027
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2028
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2026
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2027
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Certification Rule 2026
Certification Requirements 2025
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 English I
Pre-Algebra
Algebra I
Geometry
Biology
Physical Science
World Geography
Modern World History
Spanish I
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Algebra II
2026
2026
Credit By Exam Algebra I
Algebra II
Biology
Chemistry
Geography
Geometry
Government
Physical Science
Physics
Spanish I
US History
World History
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Geometry
2028
2028
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2029
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2027
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2026
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2025
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2028
3rd Year Plan of Intent 2025
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Geometry
2029
2026
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2025
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Algebra II
2028
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2029
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2026
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2025
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Algebra II
8th English I
8th English II
8th Geometry
8th Physical Science
8th Social Studies
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
Credit By Exam Spanish I Course Equivalency 2028
Ed Permit rule 2026
Required HS Unit Offerings Oral Interpretation 1/2 Cr allowed for Speech 2028
3rd Year Waiver 2025
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Health 2028
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Physical Science
8th Algebra I
2027
2027
Credit by Exam Algebra I Course Equivalency
Physical Science Course Equivalency
2027
2027
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2025
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Health Education
2028
2028
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Geometry
2028
Credit by Exam Algebra I
Algebra II
Biology
Chemistry
Geometry
Government
Geography
Physical Science
Physics
Spanish I
US History
World History
2028
Structure Change 2025
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Career Explorations
8th Introduction to Architecture & Construction
2027
2027
2027
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2025
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Driver's Education Credit 2027
Certification Requirement Rule 2025
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Certification Requirement Rules 2025
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2027
Credit By Exam Algebra I Course Equivalency
Algebra II Course Equivalency
Biology Course Equivalency
Geography Course Equivalency
Geometry Course Equivalency
Government Course Equivalency
Physical Science Course Equivalency
World History Course Equivalency
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th English I
8th Pre-Algebra
8th Physical Science
8th World History
8th Geography
8th Buisiness Computer Applications
8th Chorus
8th Physical Education
8th Computer Programming
8th US Ethnic Studies
8th Driver's Education
8th German
8th Art History/Appreciation
8th Art in World Cultures/Visual Arts Comprehensive
8th Freshman Seminar
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
Credit By Exam German I Course Equivalency
German II Course Equivalency
2029
2029
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Certification Requirement Rule 2025
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Health Education
2026
2028
Credit By Exam Geometry Course Equivalency 2026
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2029
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Health Education
8th Algebra I
8th English I
2026
2025
2027
Certification Requirements 2027
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2028
General state aid 2029
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Geometry
8th Physical Science
2025
2025
2025
Certification Requirement 2026
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Civics
8th Spanish I
2025
2026
2025
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2027
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2026
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2026
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2027
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2025
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2028
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th PE/Health
8th Algebra I
2027
2028
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Health Education
2028
2028
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th World History
8th Algebra I
2025
2027
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2029
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 Algebra I
Algebra II
Biology
Chemistry
Geometry
Physical Science
Physics
World Geography
Government
World History
Ancient and Medieval History
English
Literature
English Composition I & II
American Literature
Creative Writing
Spanish I
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2025
Credit By Exam Algebra I Course Equivalency
Algebra II Course Equivalency
Biology Course Equivalency
Geography Course Equivalency
Geometry Course Equivalency
Physical Science Course Equivalency
US Government Course Equivalency
US History I Course Equivalency
US History II Course Equivalency
US History III Course Equivalency
World History Course Equivalency
English 9 Course Equivalency
Computer Applications I Course Equivalency
2027
2027
2028
2028
2027
2027
2028
2028
2028
2028
2028
2027
2027
Certification Requirement Rule 2025
General Requirement Rule 2026
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th French I
8th Spanish I
8th PE/Health
2028
2026
2026
2029
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2025
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2028
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Spanish I
2028
2028
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2027
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2027
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Accelerated Algebra I
8th Accelerated Algebra II
8th Accelerated Geometry
8th Spanish II
8th Spanish III
8th Introduction to Arts
8th A/V Tech
8th CTE Academy Exploration
2025
2025
2025
2028
2028
2025
2025
2025
Credit By Exam Algebra I Course Equivalency
Algebra II Course Equivalency
Geometry Course Equivalency
Government Course Equivalency
World Geography Course Equivalency
World History Course Equivalency
Spanish I Course Equivalency
Spanish II Course Equivalency
2028
2028
2028
2028
2028
2028
2026
2027
Certification Requirements Rule 2026
HS Unit Offerings Rule 2 HS credits may be earned through an internship/apprenticeship 2027
Certification Requirements Rule 2025
Certification Requirements Rule 2025
Certification Requirement 2025
Certification Requirements 2027
Certification Requirements 2026
Credit Before Grade 9 Biology
Spanish I
2029
2029
Credit by Exam Personal Finance 2029
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra
8th Biology
8th Geometry
8th Health
8th Physical Science
2028
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Spanish I
8th Algebra I
2026
2025
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Physical Science
8th Earth & Space Science
2028
2028
2028
Credit by Exam Physical Science
Earth & Space Science
2028
2028
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2025
Credit By Exam Algebra I Course Equivalency 2025
Certification Requirements 2025
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Geometry
2027
2027
Credit By Exam Algebra I Course Equivalency
Algebra II Course Equivalency
Biology Course Equivalency
Chemistry Course Equivalency
Geography Course Equivalency
Geometry Course Equivalency
Government Course Equivalency
Physical Science Course Equivalency
Physics Course Equivalency
US History Course Equivalency
World History Course Equivalency
Spanish I Course Equivalency
Spanish II Course Equivalency
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
2029
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2028
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2028
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Physical Science
8th Health
2027
2027
2028
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2025
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Computer Science Essentials
8th Health
8th Music Appreciation
2029
2029
2026
2026
Credit By Exam Algebra I Course Equivalency
Algebra II Course Equivalency
Biology Course Equivalency
Chemistry Course Equivalency
Geography Course Equivalency
Geometry Course Equivalency
Government Course Equivalency
Physical Science Course Equivalency
Physics Course Equivalency
Spanish I Course Equivalency
US History Course Equivalency
World History Course Equivalency
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
2025
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2025
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2028
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2025
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2028
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2028
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2028
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Accelerated Geometry
2027
2028
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Geometry 2025
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2028
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I 2025
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Certification Requirement 2026
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Health 2026
District holds no current waivers.
District holds no current waivers.
Waiver Type Specifics Expiration Date
Credit Before Grade 9 8th Algebra I
8th Career Explorations
8th Spanish I
2028
2028
2028
District holds no current waivers.
Application Forms for Waiver from ARSD

Electronic Submissions Only - Include:
  1. Completed waiver application,
  2. Copy of school board minutes showing waiver approval, and
  3. End of Waiver Term Report (if applicable)
Email to: doeaccred@state.sd.us
Please do not send waiver applications via USPS.


For questions relating to ARSD Waivers, email: doeaccred@state.sd.us
Read the Rules Governing Waivers