Explore High Skills is a Peel District School Board pathway program that allows secondary schools with Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs to offer a unique specialized program choice for grade 9 and 10 students.
These sector-related programs are available to students in all skill levels and in all pathways. Specialized programs in grade 9 provide unique learning experiences to engage students as they transition to high school. Students can focus their learning on an area of interest as they build self-confidence, learn essential skills, and develop a sense of belonging in school and in the community.
Explore High Skills programs reflect the following areas of teaching and learning:
Sector-related learning activities allow students to make direct connections between their classroom learning, career exploration, pathway plans and the workplace.
Development of Learning Skills and the Individual Pathway Plan (IPP)
The development of Ministry of Education Learning Skills (responsibility, organization, independent work, collaboration, initiative and self-regulation) help students set short- and
long-term goals in planning for their future.
Experiential learning and certifications
To prepare for learning and working in the sector, students participate in related community involvement and experiential learning, and earn sector-recognized certifications.
Explore High Skills students will participate in:
focused learning activities related to the sector that allow students to make connections between their classroom learning and their pathway plans
community involvement where students participate in 20 hours of approved, sector-related volunteer activities that count towards their high school diploma
learning s kills development with specific connections made to skills required in the workplace
certification and training in grade 9 or 10 that is sector-recognized in the workplace
an experiential learning activity in grade 9 or 10, supported by business, community, and/or industry partners
Individual Pathway Plan (IPP) development in myBlueprint, including post-secondary planning, career exploration, resume building and more
Where are Explore High Skills programs offered?
Specialist High Skills Major brochure