Welcome to Northwest Passage High School

NWPHSlogoOur curriculum combines advisory, inquiry driven project based learning, interdisciplinary seminars and expeditions.

We strive to teach students to become independent learners with the skills to be successful in the 21st century.

Northwest Passage High School, Charter School District 4049, is a public charter school located in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.

What Makes Us Different?

  • 1 staff to 16 students
  • Not more than 180 enrolled students
  • Individualized curriculum
  • Hands on learning
  • Project based Learning
  • S.T.E.A.M. focus
  • 1 to 1 access to emerging technology
  • College ready curriculum
  • Performance based assessments
  • Field studies & overnight expeditions
  • Long term advisory model

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Rekindling our hope, exploring our world, seeking our path, while building our community

Latest Posts

ABC Newspapers | Northwest Passage teacher recognized

  Theresa Boisjolie, a special education teacher at Northwest Passage High School, was recognized as one of three outstanding teachers at this year’s Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs annual conference. She has been with the school since its inception as Coon Rapids Learning Center 15 years ago. She began as a paraprofessional, tallying hours, handing…



I loved the support and encouragement that my daughter received to develop leadership/confidence skills.
My daughter was pleased to be able to work at her own pace. She really loved the low student to teacher ratio and appreciated the personal staff also.
A positive path for building real life experiences.
2013 Graduate

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Collaborating Organizations

We partner with other organizations within our community to expand the learning experiences of our students

Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs
MN Association of Charter Schools
Wildlife Science Center
Youth Intervention Programs Association YIPA
MN Literacy Council – East St. Paul
MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce
U of M Raptor Center
YMCA Camp Icaghowan
3 Rivers Park Distict
Project Foundry