Northwest Passage’s education program blends academic and therapeutic objectives to empower students with the tools to achieve their full academic potential.
At Northwest Passage we aim to facilitate unprecedented academic confidence and engagement through highly innovative experiential programming while simultaneously advancing individual progress in core subject coursework to maintain and exceed expected academic progress.
All of the Northwest Passage programs provide an on-campus, year round school. Our curriculum and coursework is aligned with Common Core State Standards. All teachers are certified, licensed teachers and considered highly qualified by the state of Wisconsin. Several teachers’ aides also insure that each student’s individual needs are met. We create a highly nurturing environment that fosters student-driven achievement and independent problem solving skills.
ENGAGEMENT THROUGH EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING…
We believe that past academic failure is not a reflection of a student’s actual abilities and potential. Very often, students’ disengagement with traditional academics early in life has created a “snowball effect” of academic failure continuing for years. At Northwest Passage, we aim to intervene in that snowball’s path by immersing students in a novel, experiential academic paradigm, a new way of learning. In this paradigm, students participate in hands-on, student-designed creative projects integrating multiple subject areas. Through this process of project-based, collaborative, student-driven inquiry, students develop a love of learning, strengthen critical thinking skills, and gain academic confidence that will carry them throughout their lives.
INDIVIDUALIZED ACADEMIC ASSESSMENT AND INSTRUCTION…
In order to engage students in their own academic path, we place a strong emphasis on individualized instruction in both experiential and core subject components of our curriculum. An individual school plan is set up for each student based on their needs, competencies, and testing. Upon intake, all students are assessed using the STAR academic achievement test as well as numerous other formal and informal assessment tools. We also fluidly accommodate existing coursework from a student’s home school , set up online coursework, and help students prepare for and take the GED/HSED.
CREDIT BEARING EDUCATION SERVICES…
Academic credits are issued in the treatment programs (Northwest Passage Lakeshore, Prairieview, and Riverside) while hours of instruction and coursework are issued in the assessment program (Northwest Passage Child and Adolescent Center). Northwest Passage has earned academic accreditation through AdvancED.
We maintain small class sizes (approximately 6-10 students) with 2-3 teachers in each classroom, allowing for highly individualized instruction and building strong student-teacher relationships.
In addition to the individualized core subject coursework, many activities, projects, and creative learning opportunities make up Northwest Passage’s school curriculum. Some examples of these include:
- In a New Light nature photography
- Entrepreneurship unit and projects
- Physics bridge building
- School newspaper and magazine
- Lake and river sampling
- Educational field trips
- Expressive arts opportunities – plays, concerts, art displayed in galleries, etc.
- Community service
- Women of the Valley – journalism, photography, and research book project
- Healthy living/fitness initiative
- Independent living activities
- Character development/anti-bullying curriculum