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High School Can Be

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 Bethel University, located in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.



Graduation May 30th 

Explore Your World Fundraiser May 4th 11:30-2:00

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

Community Expo

Explore Your World Fundraiser May 4th 11:30 – 2:00

Enrollment Information Meetings

  • April 23 6:30 p.m.
  • May 14 6:30 p.m.
  • June 11 6:30 p.m.

Enrollment Update:

We are now enrolling for all grade levels 9th-12th for the 2023-24 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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Collaborating Organizations

Authorized by Bethel University  3900 Bethel Drive St. Paul, MN 55442-6999

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