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Prep Academy

Miss the Prep Academy Meeting?


  If you missed Thursday night’s meeting for 2015-16 Prep Academy students and parents, click on the headline to view the presentation.  Turn in your forms to your home school counselor, GT consultant, scan/email them to or mail it to 1912 Grand Ave. DM, IA 50309.   Click on this hot link to download a PDF … Read more »


Academy Dance


Academy Seniors planned, organized and celebrated the Annual Academy Dance on Friday, May 15.  High School students came in costume to match the theme, “Lights, Camera, Action”.  Broadcast and film students were the DJ’s for the infectious fun on the dance floor.  There was glow-in-the-dark versions of Giant Jenga, Ultimate Frisbee and soccer.  Click the … Read more »

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Miss the Meeting?


If you missed the Meeting on Tuesday night, you can find handouts and things on this website under the Parent Tab (above to the right!)


IB Visual Arts: Thinking Like Artists


Visual art students in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Central Academy held their senior art exhibit on Tuesday evening. Works in a variety of style and media graced the halls of the school, marking the culmination of a class in which instructor Dara Green’s goal is for students to begin to think like artists and not mimics of the works of others. Click the photo to read and see more about the course and the exhibit.

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Parent Academy Tuesday Night 6 – 7 PM


Our last Parent Academy will be Tuesday Night from 6 – 7 PM.  Choose 2- 30 minute sessions from these choices:  1) Navigating High School and College credits a parent’s guide for 8th, 9th and 10th grade students; 2) Preparing for College Applications for Soon-to-Be Seniors- what you can do over summer if you’re applying … Read more »


Top Student, Leading Cadet, New Citizen


When Luis Martinez arrived in Des Moines from Mexico, he set out to be a good student at Howe, Weeks, Lincoln and Central Academy. He also rose through the ranks to become Lieutenant Colonel of his JROTC battalion. And as of last week, he is one of the nation’s newest citizens. Click the headline to read … Read more »

Upcoming Events

May 29
Last day of school for MS
Jun 01
Last day of school for HS
Jun 02
Last day of school for HS
Jun 02
Aug 26
First day of school 2015-2016

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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

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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…

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