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Specialist High Skills Major



At the Art School @ Marrocco we are proud to be the only school in the TCDSB to be awarded the SHSM designation in Arts and Culture. We were granted the program by the Ministry in 2010 and have been growing ever since.


Students apply for this program at the beginning of the second semester of their Grade 10 year. Students who apply for this program hope to continue their studies in post secondary school in the Arts or wish to join the Arts and Culture work force.


The 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.


The Ministry of Education has authorized The Art School @ Marrocco to provide our students training and excellence in the Arts and Culture sector.


Students who graduate with a SHSM can look forward to improved prospects after secondary school because of the recognition of and support for the SHSM content from colleges and university.


Student who successfully complete the SHSM requirements will have a special Red Seal embossed on their Ontario Secondary School Diploma and will also receive an official SHSM Record documenting the SHSM credits earned, and the Arts related certifications and training received as part of their SHSM.


See our Parent Guide for more information.