Toronto District School Board

Specialist High Skills Major

  1. Specialist High Skills Major offers you an opportunity to complete your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) while focusing on a specific economic sector and supporting transitions to college, apprenticeship, university and the workplace. Sixteen economic sectors are represented and all boards must have Ministry approval in order to offer a SHSM. 

    Every SHSM must include
     the following five components, which are outlined in detail in ministry-approved frameworks developed for each area of specialization:

    A package of 6-12 required credits (the majority earned in grade 11 and 12 courses) that    constitute a pathway to one of four possible destinations: apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace. The package must include:
  • Four credits (called the "major" credits) for courses that provide knowledge and skills closely related to the particular sector of specialization, which are specified in each of the frameworks;
  • Three or four additional credits for courses in English and other relevant disciplines (e.g. science, mathematics, or business studies), as specified in each of the frameworks, which include units of study that are customized to the particular sector.  Some credits (e.g. English) may be used to meet compulsory credit requirements for the OSSD;
  • Two cooperative education credits, which may be used to meet two of the 18 compulsory credit requirements for the OSSD;
  • One-half credit for the Grade 10 Career Studies course (which also meets a compulsory half-credit requirement for the OSSD).

2.  Compulsory certifications, which are identified in each SHSM framework.

3.  Experiential learning through job shadowing, work experience, and a minimum of two credits earned through cooperative education.

4.  Use of the Ontario Skills Passport (OSP) to document demonstration of essential skills and work habits.

5.  "Reach ahead" opportunities, which allow students to experience learning in their intended post-secondary destination and which can range from a day of attendance at a college, a university, a workplace experience or to the completion of a dual credit.

 

Art and Culture
Albert Campbell CI
George Harvey CI
Georges Vanier SS
Oakwood CI
RH King Academy
Silverthorn CI
Thistletown CI
Western Technical School
Westview Centennial CI
Weston CI

Aviation and Aerospace

Georges Vanier SS

Business
A Y Jackson SS
Agincourt CI
Bloor CI
Central Toronto Academy
Dr. Norman Bethune CI
John Polanyi CI
L'Amoreaux CI
Lakeshore CI
Scarlett Heights Entrepreneurial Academy
Sir Wilfrid Laurier CI

Construction
Albert Campbell CI
Cederbrae CI
Central Technical School
Lakeshore CI
Westview Centennial CI
Lester B. Pearson CI

Environment
Malvern CI
SATEC at W.A. Porter CI
Sir John A. Macdonald CI

Health and Wellness
A Y Jackson CI
Birchmount CI
Bloor CI
Central Technical School
David and Mary Thomson CI
George S. Henry Academy
John Polanyi CI
Lester B. Pearson CI
Martingrove CI
Newtonbrook SS
Westview Centennial SS

Horticulture & Landscaping
Parkdale CI
Sir Wilfred Laurier CI

Hospitality and Tourism
Central Technical School
Danforth C&TI
Lakeshore CI
Lawrence Park CI
Northview Heights SS
Sir Wilfred Laurier CI
Stephen Leacock CI/Sir William Osler HS
Thistletown CI
Western Technical School

Information Communications Technology
Bloor CI
Central Technical School
Etobicoke CI
Lakeshore CI
Runnymede CI
Stephen Leacock CI
David & Mary Thomson CI
George Harvey CI
Georges Vanier SS
L'Amoreaux CI
Marc Garneau CI
Northview Heights SS
SATEC at W.A. Porter CI
West Humber CI

Justice, Community Safety and Emergency Services
John Polanyi CI 

Manufacturing
Birchmount CI
East York CI
Etobicoke CI
Western Technical-Commercial School
Weston CI

Non-Profit
AY Jackson SS
Central Toronto Academy
Harbord CI
Malvern CI
Western Technical-Commercial School

Sports
Oakwood CI
Weston CI

Transportation 
Cedarbrae CI
Central Technical School
Danforth C&TI
Emery CI
John Polanyi CI 
Northern SS
West Hill CI 
Westview Centennial SS
Winston Churchill CI

Our Mission
To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and to acquire
the knowledge, skills, and values
they need to become responsible members of a democratic society.
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