What is the Specialist high Skill Major Sports program?
A Specialist High Skills Major in Sports enables students to customize their high school experience to suit their interests and talents, to meet the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, and to prepare for a successful post-secondary transition to apprenticeship training, college, university or employment in the Sports sectors. An SHSM enables students to gain sector-identified preparatory skills and knowledge, and to make more informed career decisions.
What are the requirements for the Sports major?

SHSM Course Choices


Grade 11 – Choose 2 of:

PPL 3OI  Healthy Active Living

PAD 3OI  Outdoor Activities

PAI 3OI  Martial Arts

PAF 3OI  Power Fit/ Live Fit

TGV 3MI  Event Technology

TGJ 3MI  Communications

GPP 3OI  Peer Tutoring

HSP 3MI  Anthropology, Psychology

SBI 3CI  Biology

SBI 3UI  Biology

SCH 3UI  Chemistry

SPH 3UI  Physics


Grade 12 – Choose 2 of:
PPL 4OI  Healthy Active Living

PAI 4OI  Leadership and Fitness

PSE 4UI  Exercise Science

HFA 4MI  Food and Nutrition

SBI 4UI  Biology

SCH 4UI  Chemistry

SCH 4CI  Chemistry

TGJ 4MI  Communications

TGV 4MI  Film and Video Production

Grade 11 or Grade 12 – Choose 1 of:
BDI 3CI  Entrepreneurship

BMI 3CI  Marketing

BMX 3EI  Marketing

BTA 3OI  Information Technology

BOH 4MI  Business Leadership

BAT 4MI  Financial Accounting

HSB 4MI  Challenge and Change

HHS 4MI  Individuals and Families

SBI 3UI  Biology

SBI 3CI  Biology

SCH 3UI  Chemistry

SVN 3EI  Environmental Science

SPH 3UI  Physics

SCH 4CI  Chemistry

SPH 4CI  Physics

Grade 12 English – Choose 1 of:



Grade 11 Math – Choose 1 of:





Required – Cooperative Education

Additonal Requirements:
  • Experiential learning, career exploration and reach ahead activities within the sector
  • Certifications and training programs/courses in first aid, CPR and leadership
  • Essential Skills and work habits required in the sector


What are the future career paths for Sports Majors?

For Sports Majors, possible careers include:

  • Apprenticeship – event planner
  • College – broadcaster, recreation facility manager, sports journalist, fitness director
  • University – sports agent, marketing/communications manager, kinesiologist, teacher, athletic therapist, nutritionist, sports author, sports psychologist, sports public relations
  • Entry level workplace – recreation facilities worker, equipment manager, athlete, coach, fitness instructor, lifeguard, personal trainer, sports guide, retailer, sports attendant
Grades 9 and 10 are exploratory years with no course requirements. PPL1O (Healthy Active Living) is strongly recommended. In grade 10 one of PPL2O (Healthy Active Living), PAF2O (Live Fit/Power Fit) is encouraged. These courses offer a foundation for several areas within the SHSM Sports program.
To enroll in the SHSM Sports students must make a guidance appointment to discuss course selection and complete registion for the program.