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.

Upcoming Events

  • Information Night

    Tuesday, July 31  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, July 31, 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 school year.

New Student Orientation – Tuesday August 22, 2018

This is for students new to NWPHS for 2018-19

12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.    Students will be spending the day at Northwest Passage participating in team building activities, games, meeting the staff and a school orientation including an introduction to project based learning and expeditions.  Students should plan to be active and engaged the entire time!

All School Welcome Back Dinner & Orientation – Tuesday August 28

This is for all new and returning NWPHS students and families

We will  be hosting a All School Welcome Back Dinner and Orientation for parents and students on Tuesday August 28th.  Food will be served between 5:30-6:30, and orientation will be from 6:45-8:00.

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

Retention Rate

Hands-on Learning


Northwest Passage High School

Teacher to Student Ratio

Retention Rate

Hands-on Learning


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

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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