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Dara Green

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.

Summer reading

Summer assignments


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Nosa Ali

Ali Picked for World Food Prize Internship


Congratulations to Nosa Ali of Roosevelt High School/Central Academy on being one of 24 high school students from across the country selected for a prestigious Borlaug-Ruan Internship sponsored by the World Food Prize. Ali will be spending the summer in Londrina, Brazil where she will be working for two months at the EMBRAPA-Soybean Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation. Click headline for more about this unique student opportunity.


Central Academy Teacher on Jeopardy!


By day, Jill Gilbert is a 7th and 8th grade English teacher at Central Academy. But next week she’s also a TV star, appearing on a special teachers’ edition of Jeopardy! She was one of only 15 teachers nationwide selected to appear on the popular game show, which will air locally on WHO-TV Channel 13 on Wednesday, May 4 at 3:30 PM. Click on the image for more.

Clay 4 A Cause

Clay 4 A Cause


Stop by and pick up some super cool pottery for a great cause!

Upcoming Events

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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


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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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