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SHSM - Specialist High Skills Major 202
SHSM - Specialist High Skills Major

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A Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a specialized program from the Ministry of Education which allows students to experience a range of customized, career-focused learning opportunities while working towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The Ministry of Education has developed SHSM programs for many of the industry and business sectors in the province and has authorized Aurora High School to offer five SHSM programs: Arts and Culture​, Business, Construction, Health and Wellness, and Transportation

Students 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 specialized programs by contacting the guidance department.

Benefits of SHSM:


  • Customized education to suit students' strengths, interests and abilities
  • Develop specialized knowledge and skills in a co-op placement
  • Gain sector recognized certifications and career-relevant training
  • Develop essential skills and work habits 
  • Make informed decisions about their future
  • Receive the SHSM Red Seal embossed on the Ontario Secondary School            Diploma and official documentation of SHSM credits earned  
  • Program recognition by universities, colleges, apprenticeship training and industry

Who is SHSM for?

  • All students in grades 11 and 12

How do I apply?

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