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Explore High Skills (EHS)​ is a Peel District School Board pathway program that allows secondary schools with Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs to offer a unique program choice for grade 9 and 10 students. Cawthra Park Secondary School focuses on arts and culture.


Grade 9 students entering Cawthra Park between September 2016 and September 2017, have the opportunity to participate in unique learning experiences as part of their grade 9 and 10 program at high school. Students can focus on an area of interest as they build self-confidence, learn essential skills, and develop a sense of belonging in the school and in the community.


Our EHS arts and culture program

Focused Learning Activities allow students to connect classroom learning to career goals. At Cawthra Park, students will participate in:

  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training in grade 9 science
  • cultural explorations in Geography
  • health and safety training in Career Studies
  • myBlueprint to create Individual Pathway Plans to establish short- and long-term future goals that support their future

Learning Skills development

Students at Cawthra Park will focus on the development of specific Learning Skills: collaboration and initiative. These skills are relevant to arts and culture, an industry in which building relationships and recognizing opportunities is vital.


Experiential Learning and Certifications

To prepare for learning and working in the sector, students participate in:

  • 20 hours of sector-​​​related community involvement that count towards their 40 hours high school diploma requirement
  • experiential learning activities supported by business, community and industry partners (e.g. Take our Kids to Work Day with partners in theatre, job-shadowing and exploration in arts-related industry)
  • a sector-recognized health and safety training is provided to support students as they prepare for future training and the workplace

​Upon completion of the program, at the end of grade 10, students who have fulfilled all the requirements of the program will receive the EHS certificate and are able to continue onto the SHSM program.




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