Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSMs) bundle specific courses, industry-standard certifications and offer real world experiences outside of the classroom to our secondary students.

SHSM Sectors

You can choose from 68 SHSM programs spread throughout 24 schools across our school district. Current programs are available in the following schools and sectors.

2020-2021 Offerings:


SHSM Sector(s)

A.B. Lucas Secondary School

Business, Construction, Sports

Arthur Voaden Secondary School

Arts and Culture, Construction, Health and Wellness, Hospitality and Tourism, Transportation

B. Davison Secondary School


Central Elgin Collegiate Institute


Clarke Road Secondary School

Hospitality and Tourism, Health and Wellness

College Avenue Secondary School

Arts and Culture, Agriculture, Construction, Hospitality and Tourism

East Elgin Secondary School

Environment, Manufacturing, Health and Wellness

Glencoe District High School

Construction, Transportation

Glendale High School


H. B. Beal Secondary School

Arts and Culture, Business, Information and Communications Technology, Emergency Services, Manufacturing, Sports

Huron Park Secondary School

Health and Wellness, Manufacturing

Ingersoll District Collegiate Institute

Construction, Manufacturing, Transportation

London South Collegiate Institute


Lord Dorchester Secondary School

Health and Wellness, Arts and Culture

Medway Secondary School

Arts and Culture

Montcalm Secondary School

Transportation, Hospitality, Business

North Middlesex District High School

Agriculture, Transportation

Oakridge Secondary School

Business, Health and Wellness

Parkside Collegiate Institute

Arts and Culture, Construction, Horticulture and Landscaping, Manufacturing, Sports, Transportation

Saunders Secondary School

Arts and Culture, Construction, Health and Wellness, Hospitality and Tourism, Manufacturing

Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School

Business, Sports

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School

Construction, Sports

Strathroy District Collegiate Institute

Arts and Culture, Environmental, Hospitality and Tourism, Manufacturing

West Elgin Secondary School

Agriculture, Environment

Westminster Secondary School

Arts and Culture, Health and Wellness, Transportation

Woodstock Collegiate Institute

Arts and Culture, Information and Communications Technology, Sports

SHSM Common Components

Each Specialist High Skills Major consists of five required components:

  1. A defined bundle of 8 to 10 grade 11 and grade 12 credits.
  2. Sector-recognized certifications and training courses and programs.
  3. Experiential learning activities and career exploration within the sector.
  4. "Reach ahead" learning experiences connected with the student's postsecondary plans.
  5. Development of the essential skills and work habits required in the sector, recorded using the tools in the Ontario Skills Passport (OSP).

Students must successfully complete all the required components to earn the SHSM "Red Seal" designation on their diploma. In addition, students receive an "SHSM Record" which outlines their achievement of the five required components.


For more information, contact the SHSM program coordinators at ext. 20388 or ext. 20511.

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