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10th Graders, Find out more about IB!


It’s not too late to sign up for the IB Diploma Programme for next year.  The Diploma Programme is a rigorous, internationally recognized college preparatory program for juniors and seniors. Highly motivated and inquisitive learners tend to find success in the Diploma Programme. This highly respected international curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, community service, sciences and … Read more »

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Parent Academy on Tuesday, March 3, at Academy


We’ve moved the Parent Academy meeting to Central Academy, 1912 Grand Ave. on Tuesday, March 3 from 6 to 7 PM in Central Academy’s Lobby, Rooms 1007, 1013 and 2013.   Thirty-minute sessions start at 6:00 and 6:30.  Choose from two of the following Topics:  Parent Support Circle, International Baccalaureate Information, Debate Club demonstration, AP Exam … Read more »

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8th Grade Academy for 2015-16: A work in Progress


For the past several months Central Academy has been working closely with DMPS middle schools to identify students for the 8th Grade Academy for 2015-16. No final decisions have been made at this time.  However, letters to prospective students will be mailed on March 9, 2015.  Click headline for more information.


2nd Place in Middle School Science Bowl!


  Congratulations to our Science students who placed 2nd out of 24 teams in the 2015 Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional Middle School Science Bowl in Ames on Feb. 21.  Congratulations to Ames Middle School who goes on to represent the Region in the National Science Bowl. Seated (left to right): Andrew King, Evan Hilton, and Meghna … Read more »

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Chinese Students Celebrate New Year


To Celebrate the Chinese New Year, students in the level 2 Chinese class made dumplings!  It is the year of the Goat or Sheep!  

Scholastic 2015

Creative Writers Earn Regional Recognition


Twenty one Central Academy Independent Study Creative Writing students received regional recognition in the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The writing contest, sponsored by University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center, “has an impressive legacy dating back to 1923. Over the years, the Awards have grown to become … Read more »

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Spring Parent Conferences
Mar 11
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Mar 13
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Mar 13
Spring Recess

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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

The Counseling Tab (above) is up-to-date with college visits, scholarship information and much, much more!  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…

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