Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

A Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a specialized program which allows students to experience a range of customized, career-focused learning opportunities while working towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). 

Students have the opportunity to customize their high school experience, explore new ways of learning and 'reach ahead' to their post-secondary destination of choice (apprenticeship, college, university or the workplace).  

What is Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programming?
An SHSM is a Ministry of Education approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements to graduate from secondary school. It also assists in their transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace.

Who is it for?
SHSM is available to all students in grades 11 and 12 regardless of their choice of post-secondary destination. 

We offer SHSM programming in Environmental, Manufacturing, and Health and Wellness.

SHSM Common Components
Each Specialist High Skills Major consists of five required components:

  1. A defined bundle of 8 to 10 grade 11 and grade 12 credits.
  2. Sector-recognized certifications and training courses and programs.
  3. Experiential learning activities and career exploration within the sector.
  4. "Reach ahead" learning experiences connected with the student's post secondary plans.
  5. Students will be completing an ICE (innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship), numeracy or coding component.

Students who successfully complete a SHSM will have a special SHSM Red Seal embossed on their Ontario Secondary School Diploma and will also receive an official SHSM Record documenting the SHSM credits earned, and the industry/business sector related certifications and training received, as a part of their SHSM.

Students who graduate with a SHSM can look forward to improved prospects after secondary school because of the recognition of and support for the SHSM content from business and industry, apprenticeship training programs, colleges, and universities.

Want to Know More?
Learn how your child can take advantage of these vibrant and exciting programs by contacting your Guidance Counsellor.

Ontario Ministry of Education link http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/morestudentsuccess/SHSM.html


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