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First day of school

First Day of School!


The first day of school was full of sharing of ideas through reading, writing, deep discussion, and enthusiasm!  Click the headline to see pictures from the First Day of School!

School Starts

School Starts Wednesday!


We had a big turn out at Orientation on Monday night! If you couldn’t make it, please click the headline to get a PDF of the important information! Happy New Year!

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Miss the Meeting?


Miss the meeting? Click the headline above to get schedules, handouts and other information from the Parent Academy meeting held on Tuesday, August 16. Open house & Self-guided orientation is Monday, August 22, 5:30 – 7:00 PM. Teachers and staff will be on hand to answer your questions!

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Parent Academy and Orientation


Central Academy Parent meeting is August 16 from 6:30 – 7:30. Topic: preparing for college in middle and high school. Student Orientation is August 22 from 5:30 – 7:00 with an open house format.

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Academy Teachers are Trailblazers!


Educators from all over the district are flocking to Hoover High School this week for the annual showcase event staged by the DMPS Office of Innovation: TechCon 2016. The two-day event features an agenda packed with workshops, presentations and keynote addresses aimed at sharpening technological tools for teachers to use in developing personalized instructional strategies and improving student achievement. Click Headline for full story.

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Mathematics Champions at 61st Merten Hasse Competition


Academy students went to South Dakota in April for the 61st annual Merten Hasse Mathematics Competition. They brought home 1st place, accumulating 180 team points. Two schools tied for 2nd place with 24.5 points apiece. Individual Academy mathletes nearly swept every category. Click headline for more details of the event.

Upcoming Events

Sep 05
Labor Day – No school
Sep 13
Parent Academy
Oct 13
Fall Central Academy Conferences
Oct 18
Fall Central Academy Conferences
Oct 28
No school – Teacher EQ Development

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Ever feel like it’s just too hard?

011 (2)Listen to Academy Alumnus, Apple Amos (East), talk about her experience at Central Academy when she addressed the Class of 2015 at the Senior Recognition Ceremony.  Success without struggle is not nearly so sweet!


The Central Academy Alumni Network

The Alumni Network was established to foster support for the continued excellence in education at the Academy. The Network will serve as a vehicle for fundraising activities, alumni networking, and volunteer efforts directed at enabling the continued success of the Academy.  Find them at

The Counseling Tab

Check out our page with the link above.  It is up-to-date with college visits, scholarship information and much, much more!  The Schedulers’ Guidebook to the Academy is also there.  Check it out!

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About Central Academy


1912 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

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Central Academy was established in 1985 by the Des Moines School District. The Academy is a program dedicated to providing a challenging, fast-paced, academic curriculum for students with exceptional abilities. Read More…

At Central Academy, we challenge students to achieve at the highest levels.

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