School News

DSCN2102 (2)

Academy Alum visits from MIT


2011 graduate, Alex Feldstein is working on his Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering at MIT.  He came back today to discuss how he uses mathematical modeling in his job everyday with Mr. Marcketti’s  Advanced Mathematical Problem Solving class. Many of the problems the students have been working on recently used similar problem solving strategies that … Read more »

Parent Academy Square

Parent Academy: Guest from Belin-Blank about GT Opportunities


The next Parent Academy is Tuesday, February 9 at Central Academy.  Presentation from 6 – 6:30 followed by question and answer session from 6:30 – 7:00.  A representative from the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa will share information about opportunities available to gifted and talented students.  From summer camps, academic testing, to special … Read more »


Mathletes compete at ISU


Twenty-four Mathletes competed in the Great Plains Mathematics contest at ISU this weekend.  Overall the team placed 2nd in a very close contest.  Gabe Mintzer had the only perfect score at the contest!  Congrats to individual and team winners: Luke  Whitman, Zach Lin, Jack Wahlig, Fez Zafar, Kevin Li, Terry Nguyen, Nathan Rider, Additi Jithendra, … Read more »


Students Perform at Chinese New Year Celebration


Happy New Year!  First through fourth year Chinese students participated in a Central Iowa New Year Celebration at Bondurant High School on Saturday.  Students from Academy, Bondurant, Ankeny, Ankeny Centennial and DMPS Walnut Street Elementary School performed folk songs and dances (including fan dances and lion dances  in front of approximately 400 people.  Academy students … Read more »


Creative Writing Students Win Recognitions and Awards


The Central Academy Independent Study Creative Writing students received regional recognition in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Sixteen awards were earned by the students. Pictured are some of the award winners. Click headline to read more about the awards.

Science Bowl 2

Science Bowl Team Competes at Regionals


The Iowa Regional High School Science Bowl is an opportunity for Iowa’s top science and math students to face-off in an intense question and answer format where contestants are quizzed on their knowledge of math and a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, physics and energy. Iowa’s Regional competition is … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Mar 03
Spring Conferences
Mar 08
Spring Conferences
Mar 28
AP Exam Registration Last Day
May 05
Parent Academy

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!

Want to know more about AP Exams in DMPS?


Calendar of Events


About Central Academy


1912 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

P: 515-242-7888 | E:


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.

Click here for more »