What is a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)?

A SHSM is a ministry-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.

The SHSMs that are available at our school are: (click on the links for more information)

Key Benefits of a Specialist High Skills Major
  • Pursuing a SHSM helps students to:

  • Customize their secondary school education to suit their interests and talents.

  • Develop specialized knowledge and skills.

  • Earn credits that post-secondary education institutions and the sector recognize.

  • Gain sector-recognized certification and career-relevant training. 

  • Develop essential skills and work habits documented through the Ontario Skills Passport.

  • Identify, explore and refine career goals and make informed decisions about their future.

  • Remain flexible, with the option to shirt between pathways, should their goals and plans change.