Welcome to Northwest Passage High School

Our 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, authorized by Bethel University, located in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.


Check out the award winning video produced by students who competed in the 2016 MAAP STARS competition.

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

Traditional vs NWPHS

Teacher to Student Ratio
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Hands-on Learning


Northwest Passage High School
Teacher to Student Ratio
Retention Rate
Hands-on Learning

Upcoming Events

Information Night – Tuesday, November 13 @6:30 pm

Interested in learning more about NWPHS and project based learning?  We are hosting a informational meeting for interested parents and students on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm.  Please call and reserve a spot 763-862-9223.

These meetings are  for any students and parents interested in finding out more about our school for the  2018-19, 2019-2020 school year.

Northwest Passage HS will be in the Anoka Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Look for us there!




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

  • MCA Parent Opt-Out
  • MCA testing is around the corner, you may view parent opt-out information through the link below. https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?hl=en&shva=1#inbox/161e816180a92417?compose=16200cd7f5e3f52b&projector=1&messagePartId=0.1

  • School Board Meeting
  • Tonight’s (1/16) school board is canceled.

  • What Does it Mean to be an Independent Charter School?
  • This past week I had the opportunity to participate in the first ever Independent Charter School Symposium in New York City.  The symposium was sponsored by The Coalition of Community Charter Schools and The Center for Educational Innovation.  On Thursday I was a member of a panel discussion entitled “Getting Beyond Management and Labor”.  I… Read More


A positive path for building real life experiences. ~2013 Graduate

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