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Theresa Sgambato - 905-383-3337 | Email


Nicholas Jeffrey, Brent Monkley, Timothy Hasiuk | Email


Adnan Shahbaz - 905.527.5092 x 2622 | E-mail Adnan Shahbaz


Becky Buck - 905.515.2367 | E-mail Becky Buck

Our School

Sir Allan MacNab is a composite secondary school located on the west mountain of Hamilton. Our catchment area extends into Glanbrook and Ancaster. MacNab was built in 1969 and enjoys a rich heritage of excellence in academics and co-curricular activities. We are proud to offer courses and programs to support all destination pathways. We have a full range of courses that lead to apprenticeship, college, university, and/or the workplace.  Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School is an inclusive community of individuals who value honesty, compassion, mutual respect, and personal excellence.

Programs & Services

Student Success Supports

Grade 9: Grade 9 English, Mathematics and Science courses are offered at the Enriched/Academic Advanced Placement Preparation level, Academic level, Applied level and Locally Developed level.

Literacy: An after-school Literacy Test preparation program is offered each year to promote excellence on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test.

Numeracy: Lunchtime help for all Mathematics students is provided by our Math department every Tuesday and Thursday.

Co-operative Education: Over the past year many students have reported enhanced personal growth and broadened career awareness by participating in the wide variety of placements available. Several students have been signed as apprentices and many others have obtained part-time jobs as a result of co-operative education.

Specialized Programming

Enrichment Program:  The enrichment program at Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School is a set of academic skills, strategies, and content used to build rigorous curricula, prepare students for success in senior Advanced Placement courses, increase academic challenges, promote independent learning and expose students to assessment techniques useful for success at university. The Enrichment Program is not prescribed curriculum but rather an enhanced experience to enrich current curriculum standards.

Self-Paced Alternative Education:    This program provides an alternative setting, as well as individualized program delivery for students whose personal situation may require a different pathway to achieve success. Students work on booklets or course packages at their own pace, with limited teacher assistance in a self-contained class.
The alternative education programs are directed at students with various educational and social needs that can’t necessarily be fulfilled in a traditional classroom. Student success is fostered through four paths:

Independent Learning Courses (ILC): A full range of courses are offered for students covering Grade 9 though 12 course work, at different academic levels. Fifteen courses are currently offered.

Self-Paced Credit Recovery: These courses enable students to meet overall curriculum expectations and aim to provide a foundation for success in subsequent courses.

Continuous Intake GLD20/GLN40 T-Shirt Screening and Sign Making Program: This course provides students with opportunities to discover and develop the skills and habits required to be successfully employed. Students develop an understanding of work through practical hands-on experiences in the school and in the community.

Continuous Intake Student Success Cooperative Education: This program offers students an opportunity to pursue career exploration and develop self-management, teamwork, and communication skills. Catered to the needs of the student, Student Success Co-op provides time for the student to enhance their employability skills.

Program Highlights

Programs of Choice

ADVANCED PLACEMENT/ AP is recognized by universities around the world as a standard of academic excellence, the AP program offers students the opportunity to earn university credits and develop critical thinking skills at an enriched level. AP qualifications are recognized in Canada, the United States and over 100 other countries worldwide.  In addition to credit recognition, most universities also acknowledge course participation favourably in the admission process.

Specialist High Skills Major:

SHSM FITNESS & WELLNESS is an innovative program that differentiates fitness instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners. The program uses advanced tracking equipment to monitor and report on a variety of fitness measures (e.g., heart rate, BMI). Through the frequent monitoring of these measures, students are encouraged to consistently train in their “optimal zone” in all of their endeavours ranging from traditional phys ed programs to sports specific training. FOOTBALL ACADEMY The HWDSB Football Academy will emphasize football fundamentals, individual skill development, goal setting, rules, team concepts, fitness and healthy living and a mentoring/coaching component. This program has partnered with Football Canada and the Ontario Football Alliance to develop a LTAD based Grade 9 to Grade 12 curriculum. Students will also receive coaching and referee certifications as they progress through the program. BASKETBALL ACADEMY at MacNab emphasizes basketball fundamentals, individual skills goal setting, rules, team concepts, fitness and healthy living and a mentoring/coaching component. This program partners with Basketball Canada to develop curriculum.

SHSM HEALTH & WELLNESS   Our HEALTHCARE program aids students in customizing their high school program to fit with healthcare-related career interests. Offered as a 2-credit (half-semester) Gr 11 & 4-credit (full semester) Gr 12 program these SHSMs combine classroom & work experience opportunities to give students a full range of “real-world” learning. Students will receive:

  • Sector recognized certification and training, Standard First Aid, CPR, WHMIS training, etc.
  • Experiential learning and co-operative education
  • Opportunities in Apprenticeship, College, University or Workplace destinations
  • A special seal on your high school diploma as proof of your learning in this sector
  • A listing of SHSM courses and certifications earned on your transcript

SHSM–ARTS & CULTURE enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Where local circumstances allow, boards may elect to offer one or more variants of the SHSM in a given sector, each with a particular area of focus. This SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for
example, on dance, dramatic arts management or technical production. This focus is achieved
through the selection of the four major credits in the bundle.

SHSM – HOSPITALITY & TOURISM gives students an opportunity to specialize, gain qualifications, and plan a career pathway in various areas of the Hospitality and Tourism sector while still in high school. The SHSM Program has a number of required components, designed to give students a “leg-up” to pursue post-secondary opportunities in each of the identified sectors, valuing apprenticeship, college, community, university and the workplace.

The five tourism industries in Canada include opportunities in hospitality and tourism, accommodation, food and beverage services, recreation and travel services. Tourism in Ontario is a dynamic, growing sector. Prospects for satisfying employment and career advancement in the hospitality industry have never been better, locally and world-wide.

Updated on Wednesday, November 02, 2022.
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