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

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

Upcoming Events and Announcements


  Back by Popular Demand!! and just in time for Mother’s Day. We’ve sold these flowers the last couple years and they are beautiful! (flowers from Wagners  Garden Center)

 My Garden Select Kits – $27 

My Garden Combo Kits – $32

 Please Help Support Northwest Passage High School by taking flower orders from your family, friends, neighbors and of course – yourself!)

Flowers will be Available for Pickup the week of May 3, 2021 at School (date to be determined)

 Orders are due by Thursday, March 25, 2021 with Filled out Order form (or email of order)

Cash or Check made out to NWPHS or electronic payment at


Please note if using electronic payment  there is a small fee – please use the above link and select the flower kit you are ordering, if ordering some of each after entering the amount of the first kit, select the + new item button and you can choose the other kit to order.  In the memo section please let us know which student or staff at NWPHS you know.  If ordering electronically we still need a copy of the order form to input your order, or you may email your order to jnolan@nwphs.org and note you paid electronically, or mail order form to NWPHS, 11345 Robinson Dr. NW, Coon Rapids, MN. 5543

Please fill out attached order forms and collect payment at time of order – cash, check or electronic payment are accepted.  All orders with payment must be turned in by Thursday, March 25, 2021.  


Any questions, please feel free to call us!


Special Board Meeting: February 2nd at 5:30 pm

If you wish to attend the meeting please email Board Chair Jason Olson by February 2nd no later than 3:00 pm.


Virtual Info Night

Our usual monthly Info Nights are canceled until further notice, but we are happy to bring you this on-demand video of the Info Night presentation.

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Part Two:


Enrollment Update:

We are now enrolling for the 2020-2021 School Year! For more information on enrollment, wait list, and lottery system, please follow the link provided here or on the Contact Us page.

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

  • 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

  • Fall Planning Update
  • Check out Peter’s latest Facebook video for more on your options for Fall 2020.

  • Why NWPHS? Post by Chiniqua James, 2011 Graduate
  • NWPHS was more than a school for me, it was a safe haven. I started my junior year, and was new to the area, so my anxiety was at an all time high. Walking into the school I expected the worst, but was greeted with a cheerful teacher, with sassy glasses and tattoos. My fear… Read More

  • Why NWPHS? A Parent’s Perspective
  • Today’s Why NWPHS Post comes from Caroline, whose son Bennett completed his 9th grade year in the Headwaters program in 2019-20. School expeditions were canceled this summer, but we were happy to see that Bennett got out to adventure on the Superior Hiking Trail with his family. “Brandi, my son’s advisor was amazing. She was… Read More


Middle schoolers and high schoolers, hear me out. I was just like you - a kid lost in the school system with only dread for the next year, but that's when I found out about Northwest Passage High School. Call me crazy or cliche, but I love this school - the teachers, the trips, the projects! If you want a school where you don't have to feel like a little fish in a big tank then take a look at NWPHS. ~2019 Graduate

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