School News

2014-10-31 14.27.03

Did you Guess the Theme? Oscar Winners!


  Click the headline to see the Mathematical Love Story.  “To the Vector go the spoils!”


Guess the Theme


Academy staff dressed up in accordance with a theme.  Can you guess the theme?  Click the headline for clues…!

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IB Art Portraits on Display


“What an honor to work with these IB Visual Artists” tweeted instructor, Dara Green.  Students worked on Larger than Life portraits currently on display in the Central Campus Gym.  The display will move to the Academy halls soon. Click headline for more pictures.

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Parent Academy November 11, 6-7 PM


Tuesday, November 11, Academy will be hosting our 2nd Parent Academy.  There are two sessions: 6:00 – 6:25 and 6:35 – 7:00 with 4 topics to choose from: 1) Developing Mathematical Thinkers 2) GT opportunities outside of school  3) Developing Resiliency in Teens 4)  hablaremos sobre técnicas esenciales para que su hija/o sea exitoso en sus … Read more »

2014-10-30 08.12.42

German Students Research All Saints Day


Students in German I studied famous Germans and created an in-class cemetery (complete with mausoleum)  to commemorate All Saints Day.  Then, they visited the ‘graves’ of the famous Germans that their classmates constructed.  To set the mood, the room was lit with ornamental lights and students used flashlights and phones to tour the ‘cemetery’.  Click headline … Read more »

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Brainstorming for a New Academy Logo


 Click the headline to share your ideas before November 10!   We are looking to develop a new logo for Central Academy. The old logo is at left. We invite students, staff and members of our Academy community to help us brainstorm words and slogans we could use. Remember: Kindness and Creativity Matter!

Upcoming Events

Nov 11
Parent Academy
Nov 26
No Classes
Nov 27
Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 27
Thanksgiving Day
Nov 28
Thanksgiving Holiday

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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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