SHSM: Specialist High Skills Majors

What is a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)?

The SHSM is a Ministry-approved program offered to students at no cost, that helps students make successful transitions to a variety of post-secondary destinations. It is designed to meet the needs of students who would like to pursue an apprenticeship, college or university studies or employment in a specific sector. Students who successfully complete all program components will earn a Red Seal on their Ontario Secondary School Diploma which indicates that the student has focused his/her high school experience on a career path that matches his/her skills and interests.

Components of the SHSM

A student enrolled in the SHSM program will need to complete the following components in their grade 11 and grade 12 year. Students will complete the following components during the school year:

  • A set group of courses (please see the course requirements section)

  • Connected Learning Activity (CLA) (Over the course of Grade 11 and 12, students will complete an assignment that connects various subject areas to the Arts and Culture sector)

  • FREE Industry-Recognized Certifications, Awareness, Training (please see the additional requirement section)

  • Experiential Learning (please see the additional requirement section)

  • “Reach Ahead” Experiences (please see the additional requirement section)