This page is dedicated to guiding potential CAPS - SYP/SPARC Candidates through the registration and proposal process, which begins with registration in the Spring of their Junior year and ends with CAPS - SYP/SPARC proposal submission in Fall of their Senior year.


CAPS - SYP/SPARC questions can be directed to Kevin McGrath, Director, CAPS and SYP Faculty, in the Library Learning Commons at NNHS.

e: kevin_mcgrath@newton.k12.ma.us

t: 617-559-6290



Defining Terms
CAPS-SYP Registration: Students must register for both SYP classes #995-project and #160-English, during the Spring of the Junior year and/or before the end of Term 1, in the Fall of their Senior year. (Faculty recommendations may be the exception)

CAPS-SYP/SPARC Candidate: Any Senior (in good standing) who is registered and attending the Fall CAPS-SYP/SPARC informational meetings, who has spoken with their parents regarding CAPS-SYP/SPARC, who is meeting one-on-one with CAPS-SYP/SPARC faculty regarding projects and proposals, and who prepares and submits an SYP/SPARC proposal is considered an CAPS-SYP/SPARC Candidate.

CAPS-SYP/SPARC Process Time-line
Spring Junior Year

Summer Junior/Senior Year

Fall Senior Year

1. Attend the On-Campus
CAPS-SYP/SPARC presentations
to see CAPS-SYP/SPARC Scholars

4. Think Big

7. Attend three CAPS-SYP/SPARC informational meetings,
registration for CAPS before 10/20

2. Ask cool CAPS inspired Questions

5. Research deeply

8. Confirm progress to Graduation with
Guidance Counselors

3. Register for CAPS-SYP #995 and #160 or
CAPS-SPARC

6. Find inspiration

9. Submit CAPS-SYP/SPARC proposal
and live large the CAPS-SYP/SPARC way


Important Forms : Download and submit to Ms. Kennedy by 12/21





SYP Overview
Senior Year Project Overview

PROPOSAL GUIDE (same file in .odt and .doc formats - SYP supports open source and open office)







“The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I'm not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be out-worked, period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me, you might be all of those things you got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there's two things: You're getting off first, or I'm going to die. It's really that simple, right?
You're not going to out-work me. It's such a simple, basic concept. The guy who is willing to hustle the most is going to be the guy that just gets that loose ball. The majority of people who aren't getting the places they want or aren't achieving the things that they want in this business is strictly based on hustle. It's strictly based on being out-worked; it's strictly based on missing crucial opportunities. I say all the time if you stay ready, you ain't gotta get ready.”
―Will Smith