School News


Thanksgiving Break begins Wednesday


  There are no classes on Wednesday, November 25, to allow students and families more to prepare for Thanksgiving.  Classes resume on Monday, November 30, at the usual time.  Enjoy your holiday.


Academy Swag for sale soon!


Coming to T-shirts soon:  “Central Academy: Highly Motivated except when we aren’t” and the JFK quote about going to the moon, “We do these things not because they are easy but because they are hard”.  In the next few weeks Central Academy will be selling the first ever Academy T-shirts for $15!  Click the headline … Read more »

Parent Academy Square

Miss the Meeting?


Last Tuesday the topics were: “The Scheduling Process: How to students sign up for Academy courses” and “Assessment Alphabet Soup: The various external assessments (PSAT, SAT, ACT) and associated opportunities (National Merit Scholar Program).  View the presentation under the Parents tab on this website.

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8th Graders Host Election Debate


8th Grade students in Government and Current Events with Ms. Fox, established full fledged campaign platforms, researched important policy positions, and put together campaign ads and flyers. On Monday and Tuesday, the students debated the issues before the senior AP social Studies classes. The upperclassmen asked hard hitting questions and determined the winner of each round of the debate. Click headline for pictures.


Mathletes Compete in Platteville Wisconsin


Mathletes from all 5 DMPS High Schools and the surrounding area went to Platteville Wisconsin last week to compete in a national math competition.  Check out what fun math can be!  Click the headline to see a slide show of the trip!


Middle East Journalist Visits Comp. Gov. Class


Reese Erlich, a journalist who has covered the Middle East extensively, spoke to Mr. Voshell’s AP Comparative Government and Politics class on Friday.  Some AP World History students also attended the speaker.  Mr. Erlich brought his extensive knowledge of the Middle East to a discussion about Syria, its political history and current events.

Upcoming Events

Dec 23
Winter Recess
Jan 12
Parent Academy
Jan 13
First Semester Finals
Jan 18
Martin Luther King Day
Jan 19
AP Exam Registration Opens

Bulletin Board

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


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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…

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