SCSS Specialist High Skills Major Program
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Program Expectations

Year One: Awareness and Exploration.
The emphasis during this year should be placed on student exploration. Exploration allows students to develop experience, skills, and knowledge in order to make the most of what the SHSM has to offer. Students are encouraged to take more than one course within the areas of major study in order to make the most appropriate choice for a major. Students in grade 9 will also take the compulsory courses in math, science, French, geography, physical education and English.

Year Two: Exploration.
The second year of the program is designed to allow students to acquire the skills necessary for specialization in the senior years. It is recommended that students complete a minimum of two credits in their area of major study by the end of grade 10. The first required credit in the SHSM is in year two: Career Studies/Civics. Students will continue to take the compulsory courses in math, science, history, and English. Students are continued to be encouraged to take courses in different areas of major studies to gain a diversity of experiences prior to the declaration of a SHSM major.

Year Three: Specialization.
The third year is where students in the SHSM declare an area of major study. In grades 11 and 12 course selection must be consistent with the declared major. SHSM students must complete the required contextualized credits. Also, the compulsory 2 credits in co-op may be started/completed in grade 11. Students will also continue to take the necessary credits for successful completion of their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Year Four: Specialization.
Students, in consultation with their guidance counsellors, are encouraged to select the appropriate course types that best link to their post secondary destination and focus. The diversity of careers within the Arts and Culture and ICT sectors result in multiple options for course selection. For example, a student working toward the study of set design at the university level is required to take grades 11 and 12 mathematics; whereas a student majoring in dance may benefit from taking grade 12 physical education. SHSM students must complete the required contextualized english credit in 12th grade. The compulsory 2 credits in co-op may be started/completed in grade 12. Students will also continue to take the necessary credits for successful completion of their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.