The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program offers Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) students in Grades 11 and 12 the opportunity to explore a specific area or career of interest and to acquire the skills and experience that will assist them in their post-secondary pathway:
At the TCDSB, there are over 2,000 students enrolled in 81 SHSM programs across 30 high schools. Students may register for a program offered by their home school.
Each SHSM program includes the following components:
Upon graduation, students who complete an SHSM program will receive:
An Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with an embossed SHSM seal of distinction.
A SHSM Record Card documenting the student's achievement.
Students in SHSM programs have the opportunity to do the following:
Customize their secondary school education to suit their interests and talents through a specialized package of credits.
Develop sector-recognized knowledge and skills while earning their OSSD.
Explore, identify, and refine career goals - cooperative education credits allow students to practice and refine skill development, network with professionals working in the sector and gain sector-specific employment experience.
Make informed decisions regarding post-secondary destinations.
Access resources, equipment, and expertise that may not be available in their home secondary school.
Receive a special SHSM seal of distinction on their diploma.
Network with potential employers.
SHSM students identify themselves through a checkbox on OCAS and OUAC when they are applying to College or University. There are scholarship and incentive opportunities for SHSM graduates at some of the following post-secondary institutions:
The following SHSM programs are being offered by the TCDSB:
If you are interested in your school's SHSM program, contact your school's guidance counsellor.