SDBOR Information Available for South Dakota Counselors


   K-12 Educators Information

This site provides information to K-12 educators on advanced placement, reduced tuition, educational technology endorsement, paraprofessional information, and admissions as well as provides links to the SD Department of Education, K-12 schools in South Dakota , and curricular resources.


   South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship

The South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship is a $6,500 scholarship awarded over four years to high school graduates from South Dakota who complete a challenging high school curriculum and maintain certain academic standards. The BOR website includes scholarship information, criteria, frequently asked questions, and provides forms for application, transfer, and scholarship reinstatement. The site also provides the Regents Scholar criteria for high school courses and lists the courses by school district that meet the SD Opportunity Scholarship criteria.


   Endowed Scholarships for High School Students

The South Dakota Board of Regents administers two scholarships to high school students each year. The Ardell Bjugstad Scholarship Program for Native American Students provides support for freshman Native American students who are pursuing studies in agribusiness, agricultural production, agricultural sciences, or a natural resources degree at any postsecondary institution.

The Annis Irene Fowler/Kaden Scholarship is awarded to first-time entering freshman at BHSU, DSU, NSU or USD and who will select elementary education as their major field. Special consideration is given to students with demonstrated motivational ability, a disability, or who are self-supporting.

Application forms are available at this site.


   Jump Start Scholarship for High School Students

The South Dakota Board of Regents administers the Jump Start Scholarship program which is designed to provide a student who graduates from a public high school in three years or less to receive a scholarship funded with a portion of the money saved by the state in state aid to education funding

Application form is available at this site.


   Credit by Validation

The South Dakota Board of Regents and its universities encourage students to take advantage of opportunities available to them to earn college credit. These opportunities can reduce the cost of a college education by reducing the number of courses a student must take to complete a degree. This site provides guidelines on ACE credit for NBPTS certification, advanced placement (AP) credit, CLEP credit, Dantes credit, and international baccalaureate credit.


High School to College Transition Report

The South Dakota Board of Regents provides information on the performance of freshmen students after their first year of college in the High School Transition Report. Student profiles are also included and reported by school district.


High School to College Progression and Completion Report

The Board of Regents has collaborated with ACT Inc. to develop the High School to College Progression and Completion Report to track South Dakota high school students for up to six years in the Regental system.  The report provides comprehensive data on student retention, proficiency, and graduation rates organized by a student's ability to meet College Readiness Benchmarks.


   System Academic Policies

The BOR policy manual is available online. Section 2 provides information on system academic policies, including admissions, general education requirements, associate and baccalaureate degree requirements, placement, registration, and distance education.


   Placement Guidelines

Section 7 of the Academic Affairs Guidelines contains information regarding the English and Math Placement Guidelines (see AAC Guideline 7.6) as well as the Dual Credit program, Credit by Exam, and others.