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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Hands-on Learning


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

Upcoming Events and Announcements


Enrollment information nights:  6:30 pm on July 15th and 27th and August 10th.

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Enrollment Update:

We are now enrolling for the 2021-2022 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

  • Three-Legged Stool: Successful educational foundations
  • If you’ve ever spent time with an NWPHS advisor, you may have heard them talk about the three-legged stool and how it impacts what we are trying to accomplish as a school. Without dragging too much math into this analogy (take a look here for some explanations), a three legged stool is more sturdy than… Read More

  • 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.


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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