Northwest Expedition Academy

Your Expedition Starts Here!

Summer Hours

  • The front office is closed for the summer through August 16.

    Thursday, August 17: Open from 12 noon to 6 pm

    August 18 - Sept 4: Open from 9 am to 3 pm


Quick Links

Stand Up, Speak Up

  • Please choose action and report a bully.

    We are committed to eliminating bullying in our schools. When you see someone being bullied, don't stand by —choose action! READ MORE about this initiative.


  • Find your 2017-18 Back to School Info here

    2017-18 NExA School Supply List: Download or print [PDF]

    2017-18 Parent Calendar: Download or print [Color PDF, 18MB] OR [BW PDF, 8MB

    First Day of 2017-18 School Year: Tuesday, September 5


    Join us for our Open House /Back-to-School event!

    Join us to see your new school, see posted class lists and meet your teachers!

    Wednesday, August 30 from 4 pm to 5:30 pm


    Don't Forget ONLINE VERIFICATION  - July 17 - August 25

    Parents of returning student are strongly encouraged to complete the online verification process between July 17 and August 25! This process reduces paperwork and provides us with the most current contact information available for your student.

    To verify, log in to Skyward Family Access at or by using the link below. Under “Family Access,” click the “2017-18 Online Verification” button at left and follow the prompts. NOTE: the link will only be visible during the dates of July 17 – August 25.

    Need help? Visit or email Michelle Olson,


    New Student Registration

    Are you a student *NEW to our district* who is zoned for NExA? New Student Registration is Thursday, August 17 from 12 noon to 6 pm. If you have questions during summer break, call Christine Ballard at the district office, 208-664-8241.


Free Summer Meals

  • Free Summer Meals Program

    The Northwest Expedition Academy is one of the host locations for the Coeur d'Alene School District sponsored Summer Meals Program.

    The 2017 Summer programs are also hosted at Borah, Winton, and Lakes Magnet Middle School.  Sites will be open for FREE MEALS Monday - Friday from June 15th - August 18th.

    Breakfast - 8 am - 9 am  •  Lunch - 11 am - 12:30 pm

    July Menus: Breakfast  l  Lunch   •  August Menus: Breakfast  l  Lunch


     Who is served by the summer meals program?

    • All children 18 years and younger are eligible. There is no registration or fee. Children may come all or any days they wish.
    • Parents are encouraged to come with their children. Adult meals are available for purchase.  Adult breakfast meals are $2.40 and adult lunch meals are $3.65. Parents may bring their own meal, but cannot eat any of their child's meal. 
    • The meal must be eaten at the site and be finished within 15 minutes of the final serving time.

    Who pays for it?

    The Summer Meals Program is a federally funded child nutrition program that feeds children nutritious meals during the summertime, when school is out and children don't have access to school meals. It was created to ensure that children in low-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations. Funding for the Summer Meals Program is provided with federal dollars and is sufficient to meet expenses related to sponsorship of the program.

    What is the purpose of the program?

    Clearly, the nutritional needs of large numbers of children who depend on school lunch meals during the school year are not being met in the summer. Good nutrition is essential for learning, growth and good health.

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider


Questions About Our School

  • About the new Northwest Expedition Academy

    “The Expedition Starts Here” — Expedition for 2017-2018

    ”How might a school be built to best educate children?”

    This expeditionary school (not affiliated with EL Education) is exemplified by Project-Based Learning expeditions (using the Buck Institute PBL philosophy), in a workshop model (using inquiry-based learning and the thinking strategies) with the world as our classroom. Students take physical and academic journeys using critical thinking, hands-on learning, journaling, observation, exploration, collaborative learning and strategic and scientific methods to truly get to understand their world. Using the Idaho Core Standards, academic work is rigorous, challenging and purposeful.       

    The key to academic success is a strong character. This school embraces the work by Angela Duckworth and Paul Tough which focuses on grit, curiosity, self-control, social intelligence, zest, optimism, and gratitude. PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) is the framework to support students to make good choices and to work hard. Rather than telling students what not to do, this school focuses on praising preferred behaviors. Kindness will be embraced and taught and bullying will not be tolerated.

    Learning must be purposeful and make a true difference in the community we live. For this reason, an authentic audience with community partnerships are paramount for all Project Based Learning (PBLs) at Northwest Expedition Academy. Our advisory committee continues to search for positive role models, innovative community members and interesting people to increase the diversity of our learning.  


    Questions About Our School

    We welcome your questions about Northwest Expedition Academy! Have a question that is not answered below? Contact Principal Bill Rutherford at 664-2659 or email him at He is happy to answer any other questions you may have.

    Will there be bus services?

    If so, when will the routes be available to review?
    Yes! There will be bus service. The Director of Transportation and I are working on those plans now and hope to have them available by June.

    Will Northwest Expedition Academy offer: PE/Library/Spanish/Technology/Art/Music?
    Yes! We will have PE/Library/Technology-STEM/Art/music. We do not have plans to have Spanish but if there is a desire, we sure can talk about it. Parents will have a voice in everything that happens in our school.

    Will students be provided ALP services?
    Yes! We will have an ALP teacher.

    What about a 5th Grade Class?
    Originally this was to be a K-4th-grade school. Thanks to the interest of our parents, we now have one 5th grade class. Jessica Moore is our teacher.