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!

Just in time for Mother’s Day, or any occasion, really.

We’ve sold these flowers from Wagners Garden Center the last couple years and they are beautiful!

  • My Garden Select Kits – $27 
  • My Garden Combo Kits – $32

Please support Northwest Passage High School.

Take flower orders from your family, friends, neighbors and of course – get something nice for yourself.

Flowers will be available for pickup at school the week of May 3, 2021

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

Cash or Check made out to NWPHS or electronic payment 

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.  

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.

Part One:

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

  • Podcast: “Hope as a discipline” and other NWPHS details
  • Recently our director Peter Wieczorek sat down with author and podcaster Steve Barkley to discuss what makes Northwest Passage High School special. Barkley mentions being drawn to NWPHS through our mission statement and wanting to learn more. I’ve collected some of the key moments from the pod below, but head over to Apple Podcasts, or… Read More

  • What is the NWPHS Headwaters program?
  • Headwaters is an advisory experience designed to minimize 9th grade shock. It helps students develop skills they’ll need to participate in the 21st century.

  • What is Project-Based Learning at NWPHS?
  • At NWPHS, students engage with the Project-Based Learning philosophy in order to meet graduation requirements and unlock their potential.


NWPHS is what I like to call a safe zone. Everyone is open to whoever you are, and you can be whoever you want to be with little judgement. ~2020 Graduate

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