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Specialist High Skills Major



What is an SHSM?

A Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) allows students to customize high school to fit with their career interests. At Alexander Mackenzie High School we currently have SHSM sectors in Health and Wellness, Transportation, Arts and Culture and Business. Choosing an exciting SHSM program that is right for your child is the first step toward a bright and rewarding future in their chosen career.


What's a Pathway?

A pathway is a combination of courses that lead to graduation and to your post-secondary destination, whether it's apprenticeship, college, university or the workplace. Finding your pathway and planning your future takes time.  For more information about SHSM, please visit the following Ministry of Education links below: 
What Does an SHSM Pathway Look Like?
A bundle of eight to 10 Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits that include: 
  • Four major credits that provide sector-specific knowledge and skills
  • Two to four other required credits (for example, English and Math), which will incorporate learning done in your career field of choice
  • Two co-op credits that provide real workplace experience, enabling you to refine, extend, and practice sector-specific knowledge and skills
What will your child gain from an SHSM Program?
As part of an SHSM Program at Alexander Mackenzie High School, your son or daughter will:
  • receive a Red Seal on your OSSD upon graduation. This recognition signifies that they have successfully met all of the key Ministry of Education requirements and expectations of their SHSM program
  • ​ can experience a range of customized learning opportunities in an area that interests them
  • have an opportunity to explore, identify, and refine their career goals and make informed decisions related to post-secondary education or training and next steps towards a career, such as: visiting community colleges and universities to explore the various post-secondary options available
  • gain confidence in their ability to succeed, and see the connections between their studies, the world beyond high school, and their future careers
  • acquire essential skills and work habits that are required in his or her chosen career focus
  • have evidence of his or her achievements including sector-recognized certifications and training programs such as: CPR, Standard First Aid, Leadership & Conflict Resolution Certification, and much more
  • be given consideration for student housing, and scholarships when applying to specific universities and colleges
  • begin to establish relationships and networks in a chosen field
How can your child apply for SHSM next year?
Anyone interested in any one of the SHSM Programs can get started by: 
  1. Please click on the link here (SHSM Registration Form​) to fill out an “SHSM Registration Card” to express your interest in participating in any one of the SHSM Programs at our school. 
  2. Consult the SHSM Application Cycle Chart (see below) for details about important application timelines.  
  3. Contacting any of the following staff members for more information about SHSM Programs: 


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