The outside of Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School.

Specialist High Skills Major Programs

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a specialized 2 year program approved by the Ministry of Education and offered to students in Grades 11 and 12.

SHSM allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

These programs enable students to gain sector-specific skills and knowledge in engaging, career-related learning environments, and prepare students in a focused way for graduation and postsecondary education, training or employment.

SHSM Programs at Mary Ward

Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School is proud to offer SHSM program in the following sectors:

  • Business

  • Health and wellness

  • Non-Profit, Education and Child Care

  • Construction

  • Sports

Visit the Ministry of Education website for more information.


Students interested in SHSM program are encouraged to review the following application document.