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Never stop exploring who you are, your interests, passions, the world, or where life can lead you.

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The Headwaters cohort for 9th-grade students teaches the skills needed to be successful at project-based learning.

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The Northwest Passage High School Difference

  • Small class size – 16 students
  • Small school design – 185 students
  • Student-centered learning
  • Project-based learning
  • College ready curriculum
  • 1 to 1 emerging technology
  • Competency-based assessments
  • Field studies & overnight expeditions
  • Long-term advisory model

Welcome to Northwest Passage High School

Our curriculum combines advisory, inquiry-driven project-based learning, interdisciplinary seminars and overnight 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 tuition-free public charter school open to all students, authorized by University of St. Thomas, located in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.


Special Board Meeting
July 30th, 2024 5:30 PM
NWPHS now offers On-Line Blended Learning Options
For more information
call 763-862-9223 or email to

We designed the Headwaters to help students transition from middle school into high school and to learn how to think and learn in a project-based learning model. It is built on the idea of scaffolded learning situations, exemplary project process modeling, and student risk taking all of which teach life skills needed in the real world.

Upcoming Events

Enrollment Information Meetings

  • July 23rd 6:30 p.m.
  • August 6th 6:30 p.m.

Enrollment Update:

We are now enrolling for all grade levels 9th-12th for the 2024-25 school year.

For more information on enrollment, wait list, and lottery system, please follow the link provided here or on the Contact Us page.


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Authorized by University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Ave.  St. Paul, MN 55105

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