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How to Apply to SHSM?​

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a fully-funded program by the board, which allows students to experience a range of customized, career-focused learning opportunities while working towards their OSSD diploma. SHSM is a two-year program starting in grades 11 and 12, that allows students to specialize in a specific sector. Our school currently has three sectors;

PATHWAY CHARTS (PER SECTOR) Please see the three-sector flyers below for the sector courses, certificates, reach aheads, experiential learning, and co-op opportunities​​

1. Health and Wellness  Health and Wellness Pathway Chart.pdfHealth and Wellness Pathway Chart.pdf
2. BusinessBusiness Pathway Chart.pdfBusiness Pathway Chart.pdf

Students may use the SHSM student website to complete some of the requirements for certificates, reach aheads, and experiential learning opportunities according to their sector. These can be completed individually online. Proof of completion is under the Self-Reporting area, please follow the instructions to submit.

Please see the SHSM Flyer below for the following information
  • How to Apply to SHSM?  
  • SHSM Application Form
  • SHSM Google Classroom and code to join
  • Student SHSM Website to access certifications and self-report form 
Important Note: Students in grade 10  who are interested, should apply during course selection to SHSM in order to be enrolled in the SHSM program for grade 11 and 12. The course options are indicated on My Blueprint and students should choose courses according to their sector. 

A SHSM package of 8-10 required credits in grades 11 and 12 is comprised of; 
  • ​Four "major" credits related to the sector. Variations: majors can be two courses in grade 11 and two in grade 12, three in grade 11 and one in grade 12, etc. As long as there is a minimum of one course in one of the years 
  • Two to four additional required courses in English and other related disciplines ( eg; sciences, math, or business studies, etc) to support the major credits 
  • Two co-op credits are mandatory. Examples of sector Co-op placements are shown in pathway charts for each sector. 
  • Six to seven ministry approved sector certifications (mandatory and electives)CE
  • Two Experiential Learning and Two Reach Ahead opportunities













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