SHSM (Specialist High Skilled Majors)

More information is available at this SMCDSB link

St. Peter's offers the following SHSM

  • Business
  • Sport
  • Social Justice
A Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a Ministry of Education approved specialized program for students who want to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements to graduate from secondary school. 

• SHSMs assist in the student’s transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university or to the workplace.
• Students who successfully complete an SHSM receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma with an embossed red seal, an SHSM Record Card that documents their achievement and formal recognition on their Ontario Student Transcript.

Pursuing an SHSM enables students to:
• customize their secondary school education to suit their interests and talents;
• develop specialized knowledge and skills;
• earn credits that post-secondary educational institutions and the sector recognize;
• gain sector-recognized certifications 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; and
• remain flexible, with the option to shift between pathways,should their goals and plans change.

Components of aspecialized High skills Major (sHsM)
Each SHSM consists of five components, although the requirements are unique and geared to the specific sector.

1. Bundle of 8 to 10 credits taken in Grade 11 and 12, including 2 credits in cooperative education.
2. Sector-recognized certification and training courses. 
3. Experiential learning and career exploration activities within the sector.
4. Reach-ahead experiences connected with the student’s postsecondary plans.
5. Development of Essential Skills and work habits required in the sector, recorded using the Ontario Skills Passport

Specialist High Skills Majors may interest students from all pathways (apprenticeship, college, university and workplace) who:
• are entering Grade 11;
• want to identify, explore and refine their career goals and make informed choices abouth their next steps after secondary school; and• wish to enter the workplace with sector-specific certifications and training.
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