|English units (Std.)||4|
Notes/Citation: Must include 1.5 units writing; 1.5 units literature, including .5 unit American literature; and .5 unit speech. Eff. Class of 2010: Same as existing requirements, both for Standard and Advanced diploma.
|Math units (Std.)||3, incl. 1 unit Algebra I or higher.|
Eff. Class of 2010: Advanced program: 3, incl. Algebra I, Algebra II and geometry. Standard: 3, incl. Algebra I.
Notes/Citation: Eff. Class of 2010: All students must complete Advanced high school program unless excused by parent/guardian and school counselor or school administrator, in which case the Standard high school program requirements must be fulfilled.
|Social studies units (Std.)||3|
Eff. Class of 2010: Advanced program: 3; Standard: same as Advanced program
Notes/Citation: Pre-2010: Must include 1 unit U.S. history; .5 unit U.S. government; .5 unit geography. Eff. Class of 2010: For both diplomas: Requirements same as existing plus .5 unit world history.
|Science units (Std.)||2 units lab science|
Eff. Class of 2010: Advanced program: 3 units lab science, incl. biology and chemistry or physics. Standard: 2 units lab science
|P.E./Health units (Std.)||0|
Eff. Class of 2010: .5
Notes/Citation: Eff. Class of 2010: .5 unit unit health or physical education, both for Advanced and Standard programs.
Notes/Citation: Pre- and post-2010: 1 unit fine arts.
|Foreign language (Std.)||0|
Eff. Class of 2010: See notes
Notes/Citation: Eff. Class of 2010: Advanced and Standard programs: Students must choose 2 units, with any combination of world language, computer studies, approved career and technical education courses, or additional math or science courses.
|Electives units (Std.)||8.5|
Eff. Class of 2010: 6 or 5 (see notes)
Notes/Citation: Eff. Class of 2010: Advanced and Standard programs require 5 and 6 units electives, respectively.
|Other units (Std.)||See notes|
Notes/Citation: .5 unit laboratory computer studies. Eff. Class of 2010: Advanced program and Standard program: .5 unit economics or personal finance. 2 units "required offerings" – students select any combination of world language, computer studies, approved career and technical education courses, or additional math or science courses.
|TOTAL # units (Std.)||22|
Eff. Class of 2010: 22
Notes/Citation: Eff. Class of 2010: 22 units required for both Advanced and Standard diploma.
|Other diploma options||State will offer honors/college prep curriculum option effective with the Class of 2010. State does not offer technical diploma option or proficiency-based credit option.|
|Technical notes and citations (Std.)||Eff. Class of 2010: All students must complete the Advanced graduation requirements unless excused by a process set forth in statute. The "Advanced" diploma is referred to as "recommended" in statute; the "Standard" diploma is referred to as "basic" in statute. Student transcripts reflect if a student completed the Advanced high school program. "Both programs shall include a rigorous high school curriculum..."|
S.D. ADMIN. R. 24:43:01:01, 24:43:11:01 through 24:43:11:06; S.D. CODIFIED LAWS § 13-33-19, § 13-1-12.1, 13-33-4
|Planning and Counseling Requirement|
|State requires student to adopt learning plan (not including career pathway requirements)||Yes. Effective with the Class of 2010, students must enroll in courses required to complete the Advanced or Distinguished high school program. A student may be excused from this requirement "if the student's parent or guardian and a school counselor or school administrator agree that the student should instead take courses of instruction necessary to complete the basic high school program also established by the board ...."|
|Additional Coursework Options and Requirements|
|State has policy on early graduation||No|
|State has policy allowing students to meet coursework requirements through proficiency||No|
|Required coursework aligned with college entrance requirements||No|
|All high school students are required to declare a major/career pathway/career focus||No|
|Sources||Learning plan: S.D. CODIFIED LAWS § 13-33-19; S.D. ADMIN. R. 24:43:11:06|
Alignment: High school graduation requirements: S.D. ADMIN. R. 24:43:11:02, 24:43:11:04, 24:43:11:05, S.D. CODIFIED LAWS § 13-33-19; College admissions requirements: South Dakota Board of Regents Policy Manual, Number 2:3