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Specialist High Skills Major

What is a Specialist High Skills Major?

A Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements to graduate from secondary school. It also assists in their transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace.​ These programs help to meet the needs, interests and strengths of all students, engaging them in learning and better preparing them for graduation and beyond.

The London District Catholic School Board offers a variety of different SHSM sectors with programs in each of our nine secondary schools. See chart for a summary of offerings and scroll down for a direct link to the schools by sector. 

​SchoolSHSM Sectors Offerred
​Catholic Central (CCH)​Health and Wellness (Leap)
Sports (Leap)
Hospitality and Tourism (Culinary focus)
Environment (ELP)
Non Profit
​Holy Cross (HCC)​Agriculture (Equipment Maintenance Focus)
Non Profit
​John Paul II (JPII)​Hospitality and Tourism (Culinary Focus)
Information and Communications Technology (Design focus)
Arts and Culture (Visual Arts and Music Focus)
​Mother Teresa (MTS)​Health and Wellness (Health Care and Fitness focus)
Information and Communications Technology (Robotics)
Non Profit
​Regina Mundi (RMC)​Health and Wellness (fitness focus)
Sports *new 2018 2019*
Transportation Technology
​St. Andre Bessette (SAB)​Arts and Culture (Leadership in Music, Dance, Drama)
Justice, Communication and Emergency Services
​St. Joseph's​Arts and Culture (Drama and Music)
Hospitality and Tourism (Culinary Focus)
Agriculture (Horticulture and Green Industries) * new 2018 2019*
Health and Wellness (Health Care Focus)
​St. Mary's SS​Arts and Culture (visual arts)
Non Profit
Information and Communication Technology (Broadcasting and Comm Tech)
Hopsitality and Tourism (Hairstyling and Esthetics focus) *new 2018 2019*
​St. Thomas Aquinas (STA)​Arts and Culture (Tech theatre)
Health and Wellness
Information and Communication Technology (Comm Tech) *new 2018-2019*
Non Profit *new 2018-2019*
​Regional Programs
*These are program sectors that can be accessed by students in the LDCSB in all of the nine secondary schools

For more detailed information click here.

Specialist High Skills Major Application Form

 Areas of Specialization