The vision of the program is to foster a love of learning and curiosity, to pursue leadership of all types within and beyond the classroom and engage students to become informed and caring citizens. Through this, students will develop their academic, organizational, entrepreneurial and interpersonal skills.
In order to align the Enriched Program at Western with the school’s core values and goals, we have created a unique model that emphasizes student leadership and empathy. Students are encouraged to become involved in the school and local community, develop communication and collaboration skills and engage in inquiry based learning.
The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a designation granted by the Ontario Ministry of Education that allows students to focus on a career path that matches their individual skills and interests.
Enriched students at Western are able to enroll in one of our SHSMs. These students learn with industry standard equipment and instructors who have worked directly in the field. They also experience on the job training with employers at skills training centres and have the opportunity to enroll in up to two post secondary courses with no tuition costs. Students who complete the SHSM requirements will graduate with a red seal on their diploma. This indicates a universal provincial designation of a higher level of achievement to all post secondary schools no matter what program the student may choose to pursue. For more information go to: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/morestudentsuccess/SHSM.html