Specialist High Skills Major Program Explained
The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a Ministry approved program you can participate in during grade eleven and twelve.
It is valuable because it shows that you have focused your education toward a particular employment sector.
Earning the SHSM
Complete a bundle of eight to ten grade 11/12 courses focused on a particular employment sector, including two co-op credits.
Earn industry recognized certifications and awareness training related to the employment sector.
- Complete a Sector-Partnered Contextualized Learning Experience. This could be a sector-relevant opportunity related to Coding, Mathematical Literacy, or Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship.
Take advantage of Reach Ahead opportunities to connect with the student's post-secondary plans.
Participate in sector related Experiential Learning and Career Exploration activities.
How Are SHSM Graduates Recognized?
Embossed Red Seal on Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
A SHSM Record, recognized by post-secondary institutions and sectors, documenting the courses and experiential learning.
SHSM sector recognition on official high school transcript.
SHSM Application Form.pdf