The front of the St. John Henry Newman school building.

Specialist High Skills Major Programs

A Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a specialized program which allows students to experience a range of customized, career-focused learning opportunities while working towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

The Ministry of Education has developed SHSM programs for many of the industry and business sectors in the province and has authorized the Toronto Catholic District School Board to offer SHSM programs in various sectors.

Students now have the opportunity to customize their high school experience, explore new ways of learning and 'reach ahead' to their post-secondary destination of choice (apprenticeship, college, university or the workplace).


Our schools offer the following SHSM programs to students:


Interested students need to fill out our SHSM application form.

Your completed application must be handed in with your Course Selection sheet.

SHSM Scholarship

Finishing a Specialist High Skills Major program? Graduates entering Brock with an admission average of 80 per cent or higher will automatically be awarded a $500 scholarship.