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Specialty Programs 


James Cardinal McGuigan has been designated as a TCDSB Regional Centre for the STEAM Program. Through differentiated learning environments, this program offers enriched courses in Math, Science, Art, and Technology from Grades 9 to 11.  Elective courses include computer engineering, robotics, transportation, hospitality, and a variety of arts courses.  In Grade 12, students will take an Interdisciplinary STEAM course. 


Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

JCM offers the Specialist High Skills Major in four sectors:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Health and Wellness
  • Information Communicatiotn Technology
  • Transportation (Technology)

This Ministry approved program allows students to focus on knowledge and skills, specializing their secondary school education in Transportation Technology, earn recognized industry certifications, and develop Essential Skills connected to their career destinations. The SHSM program allows students to focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests, and to track for four distinct destinations: apprenticeship, college, university and the workplace. Students earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the SHSM designation. A red seal on the diploma identifies the SHSM achievement. As well, the student receives a “SHSM Record” outlining the achievement of the five required components:​

  • a bundle of ten grade 11 and 12 credits
  • industry-recognized certifications
  • experiential learning in the transportation field
  • “Reach Ahead” experiences connected with students’ postsecondary pathways
  • development of Essential Skills and work habits (documented in the Ontario Skills Passport)

Getting to Know YU (York University Program for Grade 9 and 10 Students)

New program for 2021-2022 school year. More details to follow.

The Advanced Credit Experience Program (ACE)

The Advance Credit Experience (ACE) is a new and exciting program at James Cardinal McGuigan for the past four years. Cardinal McGuigan is the only school in the Toronto Catholic District School Board to offer the program. In partnership with York University, the ACE Program provides opportunities for grade 12 students to gain exposure to higher education so that they can concretely experience some of the benefits of choosing to pursue post-secondary education. The program allows students to be a part of an environment that is supportive, nurturing, values critical thinking and personal growth, and is designed to ensure success and build confidence. ACE is aimed at students who show the academic potential for university or college but who, due to systemic barriers, may lack either the confidence or the resources to proceed.