Specialist High Skills Major

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I know that the program is a good fit for me?

A: Our programs are new, so we are developing them on an on-going basis, based on student interest. In order to begin discussing
whether or not the Social Justice or Sport SHSM program is a good fit for you, please meet with the Pathways Key Contact or a
Guidance Counselor at your school. This discussion will help you to see if participating in one of our programs make sense in terms
of enriching your high school experience and giving you an opportunity to explore potential opportunities in the Social Justice or Sport

2. Is transportation to Hayden Secondary School included for participants in your SHSM programs?

A: With enough interest, there may be a bus within the Burlington schools to transport students for this program. If so, the bus will
pick up your son/daughter from their home school (or another prearranged place) and drop them off at Hayden. The bus will then
pick up students from Hayden at the end of the day and return them to their morning bus stop. However, busing is not guaranteed
and this may limit your son or daughter’s options for before & after school activities.

3. How does participation in the Specialist HIgh Skills Major program impact my son.daughters's Athletic Eligibility?

A: Students changing schools after grade 9 are not eligible to play any sport that was played at their previous school for a period
of one year. However, students can play a different sport that they did not play this current school year @ Hayden. Please refer to
the OFSAA transfer policy - http://www.ofsaa.on.ca/sites/default/files/transfer_form_sept_2014.pdf This is the provincial standard
which any Halton HSSAA member schools must follow

4. How do I complete a Specialist High Skills Major program?

A: To graduate with an SHSM seal on their high school diploma, a student must the following components:
    a) four "major" courses in the identified sector during gr. 11 and 12
    b) three supporting courses that include Contextualized Learning Activities (CLAs) in English, Math, and Business or Science
    c) two co-op credits linked to major courses 
    d) sector-recognized certifications 
    d) Experiential learning/Ontario Skills Passport/Reach Ahead Experiences

5. How long is the Specialist High Skills Major program?

A: Students complete the SHSM program during grades 11 and 12.  For those students currently at a high school other than Hayden,
participation in our SHSM programs requires attending Hayden for all of grade 11 and 12 in order to complete all components of the

Subpages (1): SHSM Application Process