School News


Putting a New Lid on it!


It is summer time and Central Academy is preparing for the next academic year!  A new roof is being installed this summer, as well as other mechanical updates, a fresh coat of wax on the floors and all kinds of teacher training and workshops!  It’s been an exciting time as we ramp up for 2015-16!

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Brian Reece Named Presidential Award Winner


President Obama announced the latest recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching this morning, and among the honorees is Central Academy math teacher Brian Reece. He is the 11th DMPS educator to earn this prestigious award since it was created in 1983. Click here to read more about the latest in a string of national honors and recognitions received this year at Des Moines Public Schools.

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Tower Building Contest during Lunch


Elite teams of tower building enthusiasts competed in the last weeks of school to build the tallest free standing tower using uncooked spaghetti and gumdrops as the only materials.  Congrats to our winners: Prateek Oberoi and Harry Crane.  Click headline for more pictures.


Students Return from trip to Japan


Last summer and this winter Central Academy hosted students from Japan. This summer some of our students studying Japanese traveled to Japan!  See pictures from the trip by clicking the headline above.

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Summer English Assignments


Click the headline to get the links to download the summer reading lists.

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Miss the Prep Academy Meeting?


  If you missed Thursday night’s meeting for 2015-16 Prep Academy students and parents, click on the headline to view the presentation.  Turn in your forms to your home school counselor, GT consultant, scan/email them to or mail it to 1912 Grand Ave. DM, IA 50309.   Click on this hot link to download a PDF … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Aug 26
First day of school 2015-2016
Sep 07
Labor Day – No school
Oct 23
No school – Teacher EQ Development

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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 (above) is up-to-date with college visits, scholarship information and much, much more!  Check it out!

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The links to our latest Twitter posts and pictures in our Flickr account are on this page- SCROLL DOWN!

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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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