Lennox School District 41-4
Serving the Communities of Chancellor, Lennox and Worthing, South Dakota


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Home School Information

Home School

Parents or guardians wishing to provide alternative instruction pursuant to SDCL 13-27-3 are required to file a notification for Public School Exemption Certificate annually.  The notification to be used can be found by clicking on the link in the left hand margin.  The completed notification must be filed with the superintendent of schools in the district business office located at 305 W. 5th Ave., Lennox SD 57039.


The South Dakota Department of Education provides a standardized test free of charge for home school students in grades 4, 8 and 11.  Each year in January the Lennox School District testing coordinator, Dr. Kym Johnston, will notify all home school settings within the district about testing requirements.  The parent/guardian must pick up the test from the district if they choose to use the SAT10 (provided by the district).  The SAT10 testing window is from March 25-April 19, 2019.  Home School families who provide their own tests do not need to test within this window, however, they should submit results to the district the following year.

Parent Responsibilities

  • Required to declare exemption for students up to age 18
         (compulsory attendance requirement) SDCL 13-27-1
  • Return the completed Public Exemption Certificate to the district
         superintendent SDCL 13-27-2
  • May not instruct more than 22 students SDCL 13-27-3
  • No requirement to be certified SDCL 13-27-3
    • Must test in grades, 4, 8 and 11 SDCL 13-27-3
           -Test may be monitored by local school district 
           -A norm-referenced paper/pencil test for math and reading will be
            provided by the Department of Education at no cost to the parent
           -If another test is chosen, it is at the expense of the home school, 
            and must be a nationally standardized achievement test of basic


           - Test results will be sent to the local school district. *SD DOE will 
              not allow tests to be mailed out of state/out of country to a 
              home school family

      School District Responsibilities
    • Review and file the exemption form SDCL 13-27-7
           - Must be done yearly
           - Copies of the form must be mailed to the Department of
             Education at no cost to the parent
           - Track home school students in the Student Information
             System (SIMS)
           - Keep test score records SDCL 13-27-7
    • Make sure enough materials are on hand to accommodate all
           students in grades 4, 8 and 11 who are being home schooled
    • Contact parents with information on testing window and when
           materials will be distributed
    • When results come back to the district, distribute to home school
           parents and keep a copy on file with other public school
           exemption resources
    • If students show less than satisfactory academic progress, the 
           school board may refuse to renew the child's certificate of excuse.
    • Loan textbooks without charge to all persons age five to nineteen
           SDCL 13-34-3

      Department of Education Responsibilities

    • Provide exemption notification form and keep it on file 
           SDCL 13-27-7
    • May investigate and determine whether instruction is being
           provided SDCL 13-27-3

           -May inspect records of an alternative education program if
            probable cause exists that the program may not be in 

           -Records are limited to attendance and academic progress evidence

      SD Department of Education contact:  Carol Uecker 605-773-3426



    Kimberly Poppenga-Smith
    Curriculum Director 
    K-12 Assessment Coordinator

    Contact Us

    Superintendent: 605-647-2203 ext. 4203

    Business Manager: 605-647-2203 ext. 4202

    Lennox Elementary/LWC Intermediate Principal: 605-647-2203 ext. 4302

    Worthing Elementary Principal: 605-372-4114

    Lennox Jr. and Sr. High Principal: 605-647-2203 ext. 5003

    Special Services Director: 605-647-2203 ext. 4204

    Contact the District
    Fax 605-647-2201

    District Info

    ​Lennox School District 41-4
    305 West Fifth Ave.
    PO Box 38
    Lennox, SD 57039 

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