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Des Moines Public Schools test message


The safety, security and well-being of our students and staff is always a top priority. That’s why DMPS will be testing our automated message systems later this week. On November 20th at 2:30 PM a test message will be sent to parents/ guardians in one of five ways: Telephone, Text message, Email, Infinite Campus mobile app, … Read more »

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Support our Art Project on Donors Choose


Only two days left to get the match dollar for dollar donation, promo code SPARK. Here is a super awesome project we would like to do, with your support! If you donate by November 18th, Donor Choose will match your donation, dollar for dollar! Use the promo code SPARK. Please click the headline to learn more. 


ACT and AP online test prep subscription


 For $20 students taking AP classes in DMPS can subscribe to Shmoop and get online support from December 1, 2014 until June 2015 for all AP courses and the ACT. Shmoop is known for making test prep fun and interesting:  ”We Speak Student”.  Bring $20 before 11/30 to the Academy office to sign up–$25 Dec. 1 or later.

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Belin-Blank Names Central Academy in its Top 25 Iowa AP Index


Every year the Belin-Blank Center acknowledges the top 25 Iowa AP Index Schools.  Des Moines Central Academy is recognized for the excellent performance of its students in 2014.

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Miss the meeting?


Click the headline above to get links to two of the presentations from Tuesday night’s Parent Academy: Developing Resiliency in Teens and GT opportunities outside of school.  Another source for great books for parents of Gifted Students is Great Potential Press.  Google them for their website.  Developing Resiliency in Teens;   Individual Projects for Students … Read more »

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IB Artists go to the Sculpture Park


 IB Art students took advantage of our close proximity to the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park and the last few days of warm weather to explore.  Click the headline for pictures of the trip!

Upcoming Events

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Thanksgiving Day
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Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec 22
Winter Recess
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Winter Recess
Dec 25
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The Central Academy 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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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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