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Attention Central Academy Alumni!


The Central Academy Alumni Foundation invites you to a celebration in recognition of Central Academy’s 30th anniversary. Click the headline to download a copy of the invitation with more details about this special event coming up in August.


All IB Candidates Earn Prestigious IB Diploma


Congratulations to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidates for 2014!  For the third time in five years, 100% of Central Academy candidates earned the Diploma!  The national average pass rate is 78%.  Earning an IB Diploma is an exemplary academic accomplishment that distinguishes high school scholars. IB Diploma Award Recipients for 2014 are: Sam Bates-Norum, Daphne … Read more »


New Leader for Iowa’s Top-Ranked AP Program


The home to Iowa’s top-ranked Advanced Placement program will have a new leader starting July 1. Jessica Gogerty, currently the School Improvement Leader at Roosevelt High School and a nationally-honored science teacher, will be the next director of Central Academy. Click the headline to read more about her selection and experience.

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Summer Assignments


Prep Academy summer assignment 2014 Prep summer reading list 8th Grade summer assignment 8th Summer Read 2014 8th Summer Read Data Sheet 2014 9th Grade summer assignment 9th grade 9th grade Data Sheet 9 2014 10th Grade summer assignment 10th Summer Read 11th Grade summer assignment IB summer reading juniors 2014 11th AP Language and … Read more »

Close up trip

1st Annual DMPS Close Up – Washington, D.C. Trip (Spring 2015)


The Des Moines Public Schools is proud to offer a once in a lifetime field trip to Washington, D.C. for high school students taking US History/AP US History or US Government/AP Government in 2014-2015.  The trip will take place Sunday, March 15, 2015 to Friday, March 20, 2015. (Spring Break) Close Up is a non-profit, … Read more »


Central Academy Top AP Program in Iowa


Central Academy is once again ranked as the top Advanced Placement program in Iowa, according to the Iowa AP Index issued by the University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center. And for the 2nd time ever, all five DMPS high schools are ranked on the AP Index. Click the headline to read more about our success.

Upcoming Events

Aug 09
Inaugural Alumni Gathering Celebrating 30 Years
Aug 20
First Day of Classes
Sep 01
Labor Day - No School

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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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