School News

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DMPS awarded Energy Star Award for 2016


Des Moines Public Schools invests in students everyday, while making sure to contribute to a sustainable environment for their future. And so our Operations Department is no stranger to awards for great work in conserving energy. The chart shows DMPS evergy usage over the years, compared with the national average. In addition to 41 of … Read more »

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Downtown Elementary School Engineers Assist Academy Potters


Downtown Elementary School Engineers designed and built tools for the Academy Potters to use in their creations. After consulting with the artists, the engineers went to work and then taught the artists how to use their tools! The artists have been busy using the tools and will unveil their creations next month. Click headline for pictures of the project so far!


SPEAK Hosts Holiday Party After Hours


SPEAK, the student organization to promote emotional wellness, organized a Holiday Party as part of Academy After Hours. They had face painting, ornament making, cookie decorating, games, popcorn, graham cracker house building, and gratitude & encouragement writing! Click headline for pictures from the event!

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German Gingerbread!


Studying German has never been so tasty! German Gingerbread project combines language acquisition with cultural lessons as students build gingerbread “cat-thedrals” and entire village scenes! See more pictures on our flickr site by clicking headline!


McPherson, 7th Grade, Publishes First Novel


Zakiya McPherson is a 7th grader at McCombs Middle School. And as of this month she’s also a published author. What started as a teacher’s encouragement to participate in a program called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and work towards a word count goal kept going and going until it became 20 Days, a 185 page, 25k word+ thriller about Jade, a 13-year-old girl. Click headline to learn more about this new author.

Art and Soul

Renovate to Innovate


The Central Academy studio gives authentic experiences in innovation, persistence, and creation to DMPS High School students through the exploration of the ceramic arts. It is so popular, we have outgrown our current studio space. Our goal is to raise $500,000 to renovate a currently unused space at Academy into a state-of-the-art studio. Please consider making a donation to Renovate to Innovate by contacting Kim Kinney at 515.242.7888.

Upcoming Events

Jan 17
Second Semester Begins
Jan 27
Last day for 8th grade students to decide High School Credit
Feb 07
Parent Academy
Feb 16
Spring Parent Conferences
Feb 21
Spring Parent Conferences

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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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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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