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.

What Makes Us Different?

  • 1 staff to 16 students
  • Not more than 185 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


Peter interviewed by Education Reimagined

Our director Peter Wieczorek was recently sat down for an interview to discuss student-centered learning and staff development.

A Conversation with Peter Wieczorek


Upcoming Enrollment Information Nights – Tuesdays –  June 18 & July 30 @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, June 18, 2019 or Tuesday July 30, 2019 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   2019-2020 school year.





Rekindling our Hope, Exploring our World, Seeking our Path, While Building our Community

  • Educators and Students Come Together to Share Best Practices
  • Something pretty amazing happened last Friday.  Something that many in education circles don’t think is possible.  Something that flies in the face of the narrative that some are trying to tell.  Last Friday educators from traditional district schools, public charter schools, private schools and higher education all came together to share ideas, best practices and… Read More

  • Avoiding 9th Grade Shock
  • There is an epidemic running rampant through the suburban and urban high schools of America.  It is called the 9th Grade Shock.  9th Grade Shock, sometimes known as the 9th Grade Bulge, is attributing to: decreases in student grade point averages course failure students being held back higher than normal drop out rates   9th… Read More

  • Expeditions – Far More Than a Field Trip
  • “Travel opens your heart, broadens your mind and fills your life with stories to tell.” ~ Paula Bendfeldt As we quickly approach the 6th annual Explore Your World Silent Auction and Fundraiser I want to highlight one of our students and how expeditions have been central to her development as a student, a leader and… Read More


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. ~Parent

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