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

  • STUDENT EXPO & INFORMATION MEETING FOR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN ATTENDING NWPHS   Tuesday, January 30 from  6:00-7:30 p.m. This open house is for any students and parents interested in finding out more about our school for the  2017-18 or 2018-19 school year.

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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College Open Houses

Hennepin Technical College: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 6:30pm (Brooklyn Park Campus)     Anoka Technical College: Wednesday, October 25th 5-7pm   Minneapolis Community and Technical College: Tuesday, Oct. 24 5-7pm Century College Discover Century College: Oct. 3rd 5-6pm, Oct. 19 1-2pm Technical Career Night: Oct. 17 5-7pm Saint Cloud State University October 19, 20, 21st https://www.stcloudstate.edu/scsu4u/visit/special.aspx Minnesota State University, Mankato Thursday, Oct. 19      Friday, Oct.…



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