Program Overview

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a Ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting their high school graduation requirements. The program also helps students transition into their chosen path once they graduate. By taking a specific cluster of courses, students gain specific skills and knowledge related to their chosen field.

Students gain:

  • a customized high school education suited to student interests and talents
  • the development of specialized knowledge and skills
  • earned credits which are recognized by post-secondary institutions and work sectors
  • targeted training and certifications relevant to a chosen career
  • Hands-on experience with a Sector-Partnered Contextualized Component
  • reflection on career goals while remaining flexible to the option of shifting pathways

Students who successfully complete an SHSM receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma with an embossed red seal, a record documenting their achievements, and formal recognition on their Ontario Student Transcript.

Be sure to check the SHSM box on your OCAS and/or OUAC application form(s) when applying for post-secondary education programs!

Sacred Heart is proud to offer three SHSM programs: Business, Environment, and Information & Communications Technology (ICT). Details for each SHSM are available by following the links provided. 

Interested?  Make an appointment with your guidance counsellor to help you complete the application. Application forms are available through Student Services, or by clicking here.

For more information, please contact: Cindy Zwolak, Guidance Lead