School News

2017-04-27 11.06.14

Academy Writers Win National Awards


Academy writers earned National Medals in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Less than 1% of submissions were recognized at the national level. Hannah Lyons named American Voices Nominee for her work, “The Grave Yard Shift”. Eight Academy students earned the recognition this year. Including Madeline Jones, Shivani Kumaresan, Alle Brown-Law, Claire Wallace, Abbott LaPrade, Jade Miller (not pictured), and Rachel Wade. Click on Headline for more.

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Academy Math Modeling Teams earn elite National & International Recognition


Two Academy teams earned impressive recognition for their performance in international math modeling competitions sponsored by the Consortium for Math and its Applications. Maeve Greising, Kevin Li, & Evan Hilton’s team are finalists: 1 of 8 nationally. Luke Whitman, Ryan Burgett, Jimmy Le & Connor Johnson’s team are finalists: top 9% in the world! Click Headline for more.


PBS names Miller a Tech Innovator


Congratulations to Cathi Miller, an English teacher at Central Academy, on being one of 52 educators from across the country to be named a 2017 Digital Innovator by the Public Broadcasting Service. This is the second year in a row that Iowa’s recipient of this honor has taught at Des Moines Public Schools. Click headline to read and see more on how she is integrating technology to support and improve education.

Art and Soul

Art and Soul


Due to the success of our Pottery program, we have grown out of our current studio space. Our goal is to raise $500,000 to renovate a currently unused space at our school (1912 Grand Ave.) into a state-of-the-art studio. A crew of throwing students are working together to produce an art show “A R T & SOUL,” displaying Milne’s work and as the works of potters in the program. The art show will open to the public, allowing guests to view Level A and see it’s potential on Saturday, April 15th from 7-9pm at Central Academy, 1912 Grand Ave. Please contact Dara Green at for more information or Kim Kinney at 515-242-7888 if you would like to make a donation.


Student Scientists Shine at State Science Fair


More than 80 DMPS student-scientists who qualified at the school district’s science fair in February took their projects to the next level last week in the State Science and Technology Fair at Iowa State University in Ames. Their work went neither unnoticed nor unrewarded. In both the middle school and high school divisions DMPS entrants won top honors in multiple categories. Click Headline for more.


Academy Sits at a Global Crossroads


Central Academy sits at a global crossroads. Last week a student delegation returned from a 10-day educational tripo to Germany, Austria, Switzer-land and Lichtenstein. Students annually travel between here and Japan. In October, the Afghanistan Ambassador to the U.S. made a visit. Last fall students continued a longstanding exchange between DMPS and Hjorring, Denmark. This week the favor was returned as DMPS hosted the Danes. Click headline for more.

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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