Curriculum Requirements

South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship Program  - High School Curriculum Requirements
To meet the curriculum requirements for the Opportunity Scholarship, all recipients must receive a C or higher on all coursework including:

Students Entering High School Prior to July 2010

  • 4 units of English (courses with major emphasis upon grammar, composition, or literary analysis; one year of debate instruction may be included to meet this requirement).
  • 3 units of Social Studies (such as history, economics, sociology, geography, U.S. or South Dakota government, American problems, and similar courses).
  • 4 units of Algebra or Higher Mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or other advanced mathematics, as well as accelerated or honors mathematics [algebra] at the 8th grade, shall be accepted). NOT INCLUDED are arithmetic, business, consumer, or general mathematics or other similar courses.
  • 4 units of Science, including 3 units of approved laboratory science (courses in biology, chemistry, or physics in which at least one regular laboratory period is scheduled each week). Qualifying physical science or earth science courses (with lab) shall be decided on a case-by-case basis.
  • 1/2 unit of Computer Science (students will have basic keyboarding skills and have had experience in using computer word processing, database, and spreadsheet packages and in using the Internet or other wide area networks).
  • 1 unit of Fine Arts (in art, theatre, or music. Such credit may be in appreciation, analysis, or performance). 
  • 2 units of the same Modern or Classical Language (includes American Sign Language).
  • 1/2 units of personal finance or economics
  • 1/2 unit of physical education or health

Students Entering High School After July 2010

  • 4 units of English (courses with major emphasis upon grammar, composition, or literary analysis may be included to meet this requirement).
  • 3 units of Social Studies (such as history, economics, sociology, geography, U.S. government, and similar courses). 
  • 4 units of Algebra or Higher Mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or other advanced mathematics, as well as accelerated or honors mathematics [algebra] at the 8th grade, shall be accepted). NOT INCLUDED are arithmetic, business, consumer, or general mathematics or other similar courses.
  • 4 units of Science, including 3 units of approved laboratory science (courses in biology, chemistry, or physics in which at least one regular laboratory period is scheduled each week). Qualifying physical science or earth science courses (with lab) shall be decided on a case-by-case bases
  • 1 unit of Fine Arts (in art, theatre, or music, as well as approved extracurricular activity).
  • 2 units of either of the following or a combination of the two
              o            Approved career and technical education courses
              o            Modern or Classical Language (Includes American Sign Language)
  • 1/2 units of personal finance or economics
  • 1/2 unit of physical education
  • 1/2 unit of health or health integration (Students entering high school after July 2013)

Students seeking to determine whether coursework at their particular school district will be counted toward units in English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Fine Arts, or Modern/Classical Language, are encouraged to review the list of approved courses for high school throughout the state at these links:

Career and Technical Education courses that have been approved by the Department of Education can be used by students to meet the "Approved career and technical education course," units.

For more information, visit the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship Program website.

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