School News


Seniors Named National Merit Semi-Finalists


Congratulations to Roosevelt seniors Maeve Greising, Shivani Kumaresan, Abbott LaPrade, Jade Miller, Aidan Palmer and Jack Romp on being chosen Semi-Finalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship competition, placing them among the top young scholars in the state and nation. The students, who also attend Central Academy, were selected based on their strong performance on the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) test taken last year.

Art History 2

Cuneiform to Graffiti


The new course, “Introduction to Art History” is off and running! This unit, instructor Becky Johnson has her students studying artistic communication styles spanning ancient Egyptian cuneiform to modern graffiti!  Sound interesting?  Think about this new option in your Learner Plan for next year!

AAF Science

Academy After Hours starts Sept 20


Academy After Hours is held on most Tuesdays from 2:30 – 4:30. Popcorn, music, and mentoring sessions teach students critical skills for forming and functioning in study groups. We’re working together to further academic achievement! Click headline to get the bus schedule, see the flyer, and take a 2 question survey.

Parent Academy Square

Next Parent Academy on Tuesday, 9/13


The next Parent Academy is Tuesday, September 13, from 6:30 -7:30. There will be 2-30minute presentations repeated at 6:30 and at 7:00– attend one or the other, or both (or even the same one twice!). Click headline for a description of the presentations.

DMPS foods

New Satellite Lunch Station in Academy Lobby


Starting Monday, September 12, the Central Campus Cafeteria is opening a new satellite lunch station in the Academy lobby. Students will be able to use their normal lunch code or school ID to pick up a sandwich (or salad), fruit, side, and milk.  Students will, of course, still have access to the main cafeteria for … Read more »


Cool Bomb Pops Warm the Heart


A generous gift from Wells Blue Bunny led to 1152 bomb pops handed out at Central Academy to celebrate the new year!  Click headline to see more pictures of the looks of bemusement to joy!  Special thanks to the student volunteers who handed out the bomb pops as students arrived during lunch.

Upcoming Events

Oct 13
Fall Central Academy Conferences
Oct 18
Fall Central Academy Conferences
Oct 28
No school – Teacher EQ Development
Nov 23
No Classes- Thanksgiving Break
Dec 13
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!

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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.

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