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Discover Secondary School Specialized Programs
Discover Secondary School Specialized Programs

Program Information

York Region District School Board offers many different programs that help you gain skills and experience as well as explore different career pathways. Work with your family and teachers to explore your options, get inspired and build your pathway.  

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) offers Ontario secondary school students the opportunity to train as apprentices while completing their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The program encourages students to consider career choices in the skilled trades, a sector which is experiencing rapid growth in employment and job satisfaction. Learn more by visiting the OYAP Website.

Dual Credit Accelerated OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program)

Dual Credit Accelerated OYAP programs provide grade 12 students with the opportunity to earn high school co-op credits, register as an apprentice, complete part or all of their Level One apprenticeship schooling in a specific trade, and earn hours/demonstrate competencies towards their apprenticeship. Students concurrently earn additional high school credit(s) through this dual credit opportunity.  

Dual Credit Accelerated OYAP Programs
Program # of Eligible
High School
Dual Credits
SHSM (Specialized High
Skills Major)
Sector Alignment
Level 1 App: Automotive Service Technician 310S 2 Centennial Transportation
Level 1 App: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanics 313A 2 George Brown Manufacturing / Construction
Level 1 App: Cook 415A 1 Humber Hospitality & Tourism
Level 1 App: Child Development Practitioner 620C 1 Seneca Health & Wellness
Level 1 App: Plumber 306A 2 Humber Manufacturing / Construction
Level 1 App: Electrician: Construction & Maintenance 309A 2 Humber Manufacturing / Construction
Carpentry (NOT dual credit) 0 Local 27 Manufacturing / Construction
Note: All Dual Credit Accelerated OYAP programs are held in second semester in your final year of high school and require enrolment in full day semester two co-op. See your Community Based Education (Co-op) teacher for details and application procedures. All application information is also available on My Pathway Planner​.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program

We are pleased to announce the expansion of York Region District School Board International Baccalaureate (IB) Program offerings. In addition to Bayview Secondary School’s IB Program, YRDSB has four candidate school sites for the Diploma Program: 
  • Alexander Mackenzie High School
  • Dr. GW Williams Secondary School
  • Maple High School
  • Milliken Mills High School
The IB program is student-centred with a focus on developing intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills for students who live, learn and work in a rapidly changing world. The program emphasizes critical, compassionate thinking, community involvement and intercultural understanding. It is founded on international standards and assessment. Students who complete the program earn both an Ontario Secondary School Diploma and an IB Diploma.
Current Grade 8 and Grade 9 students and families interested in YRDSB’s IB Program are invited to attend an information session to learn more about the program and application process.

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

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 OSSD. The Ministry of Education has developed SHSM programs for many of the industry and business sectors in the province and has authorized the York Region District School Board to offer SHSM programs in ten of these 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). Learn how your child can take advantage of these vibrant and exciting program by visiting the SHSM website.

Arts Programs

Information for Grade 8 and 9 students planning to enter the arts program:
  • York Region students may enter the specialized arts program in Grade 9 or 10
  • The program offers a package of specialized arts credits as part of the high school curriculum
  • Dance, Drama, Visual Arts and Music (vocal, instrumental)
    Piano - Unionville HS only
  • Strings - Unionville HS and Alexander Mackenzie HS only
  • Theatre Technology - Huron Heights SS only
  • Admission to Grade 9 and 10 program is through audition and/or portfolio presentation in January
  • Application deadlines vary by school.

Program details, attendance boundaries, audition requirements, contact information, applications and dates and times of upcoming Arts Program Information Nights are posted at respective school websites.  

Bill Crothers Secondary School of Healthy Active Living and Sport

Bill Crothers Secondary School is a unique, system-wide program that provides an inclusive and equitable learning environment for students who are motivated by healthy active living and sport while achieving academic success. This school operates on a Balanced School Year (early August to mid-June) schedule which supports the diverse needs of student-athletes. Specialized programming is offered to support our students through our diverse and daily Health and Physical Education and High Performance Athlete Program with contextualized learning in a variety of subject courses. During the school day, we offer an Integrated Learning Instructional Period (ILIP) which provides supervised time for students to achieve their academic goals.
The principles of Canadian Sport for Life and the goals of Long Term Athlete Development guide our mission to develop athletic programming to support early and late specialized sports as well as programming for high performance athletes. Students have the choice of participating in our Specialist High Skills Major with a focus on Sport; earning a Red Seal Diploma through unique sector- specific learning opportunities that include certifications and experiential learning. Focus areas include Sport Performance, Management, Entertainment and Recreation.
Admission to Bill Crothers Secondary School is by application and is open to students who reside in York Region entering grades 9, 10, 11, or 12. Students must declare the sport in which they compete at the highest level outside of school and will not be able to compete in this sport for BCSS in the YRAA (York Region Athletic Association) or OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association) league. Alternative competitive options are being explored. Secondly, students who transfer in for grade 10, 11 and 12 are subject to YRAA and OFSAA transfer rules. Please refer to the York Region Athletic Association.
Learn more about this high school opportunity by visiting the Bill Crothers S.S. website​.

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