The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) offers grade 11 and 12 students the opportunity to explore a targeted career path in depth.  This program may be completed at the University, College, Apprenticeship or Workplace level.

Successful completion of this enrichment program earns students a unique red seal of achievement on their graduation diplomas.  In most cases, it also offers an advantage on post secondary program applications and job opportunities. In addition, some colleges and universities also offer specific scholarships to SHSM graduates.  Most importantly, all students are impacted by the experiential learning connected to the SHSM program.  These included reach ahead activities, sector relevant certifications and a mandatory Co-op placement.

Enrolment: Students officially enrol in the SHSM program in Grade 11.  The program requires a 2 year commitment to complete the 9 credit course requirements.

For more information, please visit WRDSB SHSM page or the Ministry of Education website.

EDSS offers the Specialist High Skills Major programs:

  • Agriculture
  • Arts and Culture
  • Construction
  • Environment
  • Health and Wellness
  • Manufacturing
  • Non-Profit, Education and Childcare
  • Sports