CAPStone Program

Taken straight from The CAPS website:

At Newton North High School, a senior CAPS experience can be any kind of project that requires students to investigate something that they have never done before, but always wanted to do, or something they have done before, but want to take to a new level and investigate towards mastery.

A thesis with field research or independent study are two types of CAPStone projects. A performance or art opening is another. And, depending on one’s goals, a focused internship or other kind of educational experience could be yet another CAPS project.

We encourage all rising juniors to consider including a CAPStone project in their senior-year planning. Even in the fall of their senior year, students may enroll in a CAPStone project.

The Newton North CAPStone project provides students with both a critical learning experience and an opportunity for “intellectual problem solving, social change, and community contributions.” Part of the CAPS focus is to put students in the position of the “expert” — to evaluate and synthesize what they have already experienced. At the same time, we’ll provide students with the proper resources and supports to stretch and challenge themselves both intellectually and personally.

CAPS projects require students to develop competency in gathering, analyzing, and reporting out on data. For students, it’s an opportunity to interweave their learning in all these areas and to do so in real time, in an unpredictable, complex, real-world environment.

To help seniors think carefully about possible CAPS projects, Newton North offers several resources. The CAPS team is lead by Tim Finnegan. All NNHS faculty/staff members and department chairs represent a deep pool of intellectual expertise and can help with the planning and execution of a CAPS project.


The NNHS CAPS projects offers students three structural options to pursue their interests. Within those structures the intellectual and creative opportunities for students is boundless:



CAPS-SIS (currently not available. SIS is still in curriculum research and development mode)


Tim Finnegan (367)

Amanda Samaha (104)

Annette Tate (LLC)

Erin Delbec (LLC)

Rachel Sturma
Michelle Kennedy (457)
Steve Chinosi (Greengineering, 148)

Contact Information

tel: 617-559-6290


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