What is SHSM

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a specialized program approved by the Ministry of Education that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

These programs enable students to gain sector-specific skills and knowledge in engaging, career-related learning environments, and prepare in a focused way for graduation and postsecondary education, training or employment.

Why take SHSM

Pursuing a SHSM enables students to:


• Customize their secondary school education to suit their interests and talents

• Develop specialized knowledge and skills that are valued by the sector and postsecondary education institutions

• Earn credits that are recognized by the sector and postsecondary education institutions

• Acquire sector-specific and career-relevant certification and training

• Gain confidence in their knowledge of the SHSM Sector

• Identify, explore and refine their career goals and make informed decisions about their postsecondary destination

• Remain flexible, with the option to shift between pathways

RCCDSB Schools:

St. Joseph’s High School

835 1st Street Renfrew ON K7V 4E1 613-432-5846

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Bishop Smith Catholic High School

362 Carmody Street Pembroke, ON K8A 4G2 613-735-5496

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Explore our SHSM programs

5 Program Components of SHSM

    These requirements provide the curriculum-based and experiential learning experiences for making a successful transition to a student’s chosen pathway.


    • Bundle of Gr. 11 & 12 Courses
    • Certifications
    • Reach Ahead Opportunities
    • Cooperative Education
    • Sector Specific Partnered Experiences in Math, Coding or ICE (Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship)