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Northwest Passage High School

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Posted April 15, 2014

Northwest Passage is a very hands on school, with field trips to amazing places to help students have flavorful and enriching learning experiences. I used these trips as opportunities to step outside of my comfort zone, going camping in winter, hiking the Porcupine Mountains and even traveling to Guatemala (my first international trip). The teachers are amazing. The classes are credit based, and I have always found the teachers to be fair or even generous in this regard. It's based off from the time and effort a student puts into their project and how much they can demonstrate they've learned through the project. This really helped me in college, where credits are the norm and often teachers ask students to come up with their own project ideas for class assignments. Northwest Passage also helped me graduate on time, as I was a year behind from my homeschooling days, because I worked hard and made the most of the opportunities the school had to offer. I would highly recommend parents and students check this school out when considering high schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2014

I haven't been at north west passage all that long but I already love it much more than other schools because here I actually feel like I belong I don't feel just like another dollar for the teachers pocket. At my other school I felt like an outsider here at north west passage everyone I've met has been kind to me including all the teachers and other staff I feel like they actually care about whether I graduate or not and whenever I have a question someone is always there to answer it unlike regular schools north west passage teachers will take time out of their schedules for any student. Not only are the teachers amazing the classes are also interesting one of the first classes I took her was genetics and I learned a lot through the course the work was honestly fair and I feel like I really earned the credit I got.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2014

Northwest Passage truly is what you make out of it. If you sit around doing nothing, surfing the internet, then that is what you will do, wasting time and not earning credit or learning. It is NOT a day care, the teachers make it clear that you are in charge of your education. If you apply yourself, this school is amazing. At this school, I have learned to push myself to think outside the box, and I have learned skills that I take with me outside the classroom, such as problem solving, creative thinking, dealing with change, social skills, and to make the most out of life! I have went winter camping on the boundary waters, and hiked over 20 miles through the porcupine mountains. I was also given the opportunity to go to China, but I messed it up. (Other students were able to have that awesome experience thanks to this school!) Instead of memorizing a checklist of knowledge, at Northwest Passage students are challenged to take what they learn and apply it in a real life way, which in turn helps shape students into functional adults prepared to live in the 21st century.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 30, 2014

I got behind after dropping out, and when i went to treatment I got more behind. But the school we went to while in residential treatment was trying to give me a ton of credit for the time I was there, along with 2 credits just for being in treatment. They told me I could leave there with 25 credits, give or take 2. This school requires 21.5, and a regular public school would be 27.5. I thought going to an alternative school would be a quick few months of getting 2 or so credits & graduating. But Northwest Passage rejected all of my treatments schools credits & threw away a ton of other ones I earned at my old school. So instead of starting off with almost enough to graduate, I got 15. Im a SENIOR with the credits of a SOPHOMORE, where I definitely have earned the credits I dont have. Not only that. a full year here gets you around 5 credits, I have 4 months. The project based learning means you have to think of your own project to do so you can maybe get a half credit when you finish. My teacher in one class gave me .10 because I didnt respect her, but gave everyone else .50 credits. This place is a DAYCARE with internet access.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 5, 2012

This is the greatest school i have ever been to, all the teachers are nice and it is less formal than other schools. The project based learning is great, and everybody fits in. Nobody is left out at all, and there is no bullying, i was bullied in andover high and oak view middle school, everyone was mean, but here nobody is mean.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2009

It's a friendly environment, small classes, personal attentions, and a project-based learning curriculum that works the best I've found for me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2005

I am a former student, and I am very grateful for this school and schools like it. I, like many other angst-ridden teens, had fallen through the cracks at two different public high schools. If it wasn't for this school and the amazing teachers, who knows where I'd be. They offer life-changing and eye-opening field trips to many destinations. I've had the pleasure of going on two of these and they were experiences I'll never forget, as well as the lessons I learned on these trips. Thank you CRLC, Gary, Kay, Jamie, and all the teachers I didn't include.
—Submitted by a former student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

34 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
50%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
18%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Writing

All Students87%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant87%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students27%
Female50%
Male6%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White31%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English27%
Not migrant27%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

34 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
45%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
3%

2011

 
 
12%

2010

 
 
5%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
33%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 62% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students38%
Female27%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English38%
Not migrant38%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students18%
Female38%
Male0%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White21%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English18%
Not migrant18%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 73%
Two or more races 8% 2%
Black 6% 9%
Hispanic 5% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/A37%
Female 49%N/A49%
Male 51%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

School facilities
  • Music room

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
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  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15
School end time
  • 2:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Jamie Steckart
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (763) 862-9250

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
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  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
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11345 Robinson Dr NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55443
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