Acton High School


Acton's Agricultural Specialist High Skills Major Program

Mr. Shawn Brown ( or Ms. Jodi Dobbie (


This program will utilize experiential opportunities, including co-op placements, to promote student learning in animal science, crop science, wellness & healthy living, farming practices and participation in the local agricultural community. The program focus will include career exploration in the following areas of study: Farming, veterinary technology, animal science, plant science, food, equine studies and the environment.

The Credits

Students must take 4 focus courses from the table below:

Science Food & World Technology
Biology Food & Nutritional Science Construction
Chemistry Environment & Resource Mg't Transportation
Environmental Science   Technological Design
These courses can be at the University (U), University/College (M), College (C) or Workplace (E) Level. These courses can be at the University (U), University/College (M) or Workplace (E) Level. These courses can be at the College (C), University/College (M), Open (O) or Workplace (E) Level.

In addition to the 4 focus courses, they must also take:

1 Grade 11 English (ENG 3C/3U/3E or NBE 3C/3U/3E)

1 Grade 11 Math (MEL 3E or MBF 3C or MCF 3M or MCR 3U)

1 Supporting credit (SBI 3C, SBI 3U, SCH 3U, SCH 4C, BMI 3C1, BMX 3E, BAF 3M, SVN 3E, or 1 credit in a Co-op related to Agriculture)*

2 Co-operative Education credits (Placements should be completed with a company/opportunity close to student's home in order to get there on a daily basis)

Coop Placement hosts :

McCarthur's Farms - Cash crop farm

Fallbrook Farm  - horse trail ride centre

Blooms Away - florist

Whole Circle Farm - biodynamic organic farm

SEMEX - livestock genetics company  

Strongs - horse training facility

Ideal Training Centre - horse training facility

Premiere Equipment - John Deere Dealership

Bilt Canada - construction company

Northfield Stables - horse boarding facility

Minshalls - Horse breeding facility

Milton Equine Hospital - referal hospital for horses

Greenhawk - tack store

*Students can subsitute one Focus course credit with one cooperative education credit. Also, Students can subsitute one supporting credit with one cooperative education credit.

Experiential Opportunities

Attend and create activities for the Acton Fall Fair's Education Day

Go to Canada's Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock

Attend The Royal Winter Fair and have a tour from one of their committe's directors.

See how beehives work at the University of Guelph's Honeybee Research Centre.

Visit the anatomy lab at the Ontario Vet College.

Attend the College Fair in Toronto

Go to seed business to see how seeds are essential to the agriculture industry.

Experience a roll on a farm, in a vet clinic, and/or attend sessions at the Ontario Agriculture College and the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph.

We have had guest speakers from: Ontario Agriculture College, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and 4H Ontario come in to speak to our class.


As a part of every SHSM program students must take a total of 6 certifications.

3 certifications are mandatory: Standard First Aid, CPR, WHMIS

3 certifications are based on the SHSM program-  

For 2018-2019: chainsaw safety, leadership skills, small animal first aid, large animal handling, apiculture awareness. 

For 2016-2017: chainsaw safety, leadership skills, blacksmithing, small animal first aid, large animal handling, apiculture awareness. 

For 2015-2016: we have completed chainsaw safety, blacksmithing, small animal first aid, equine handling.


Transportation to ACTON High School

If you live in North Halton (Milton or Halton Hills) you can request to have a SHSM bus bring you to Acton for one semester or all two years of the program. Also, if you live in Oakville/Burlington, you can request a bus seat on a bus departing Milton DHS/Craig KieburgerSS--but you will need to find your own transportation to Milton DHS/Craig KieburgerSS.

Please review the HDSB's Transportation Policy here.

Who would take this SHSM

ANYONE! We've learned that if you want a job, there is one waiting for you in the Agriculture industry. 

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Almost everything mentioned above is at no cost (with minor exceptions) to the students.

Link to Halton Pathways Agriculture site.


Last Updated: November 5, 2018