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Specialist High Skills Major Program (SHSM)

The SHSM program provides students with essential skills and work experience. In grades 11 & 12 students focus their learning on components of an economic sector while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. SHSM lets students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests. Students receive the SHSM seal on their diploma when they:

  • Complete a specific bundle of 8-10 courses in the student’s select field
  • Earn valuable industry certification including first aid and CPR qualifications
  • Gain important skills on the job with employers

SHSM is designed for grade 11 and 12 students who are:

  • Heading for apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace
  • Wanting to identify, explore and refine their career goals and make informed choices about their next steps after high school

SHSM's that could be offered:

  • Arts and Culture (Visual Arts, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, or Dance and Drama Focus)
  • Business (Business or Social justice Focus)
  • Health and Wellness (Health Care or Child & Family Services Focus)
  • Sports
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Computer Technology

**Note- The SHSM's offered from year to year may be subject to change

Co-operative Learning Program (Co-op)

Cooperative Education is an opportunity for students to earn secondary school credits while completing a work placement. Students who enrol in this program gain valuable work experience and benefit from “test-driving” a career before moving to post-secondary.   

Ontario Youth Apprencticeship Program (OYAP) 

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a School to Work program that opens the door for students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the Cooperative Education program. Students have an opportunity to become registered apprentices and work towards becoming certified persons in a skilled trade while completing the requirements for their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). 


Extended French

The aim of the Extended French Program is to further develop students’ French knowledge and skills. After completing seven extended French credits throughout their high school career, students will be granted an Extended French certificate at graduation.

The Grade 9 Extended French course provides opportunities for students to speak and interact in French in a variety of real-life and personally relevant contexts. Students will develop their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

The prerequisite for the Extended French course, FEF1DF, is a minimum of 1260 hours of instruction in French or equivalent. Those choosing this course will be required to take CGC1WF, grade 9 Geography, which is taught in French.

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