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Students Install New Computer Lab


Academy Computer Science students have been hard at work this week to install the Academy’s brand new computers into the brand new computer lab!  Wiring of the lab was completed last week and the AP Computer Science class went to work unpacking and setting up the equipment.  See more pictures by clicking the headline.

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Team Building Balloon Sculpture Challenge


 Art educator, Dara Green’s goal is to create a safe and inspirational atmosphere for HS student artists. This activity involved students forming teams with people in the class they did not know. Their challenge was learn about each other while creating the tallest free standing balloon sculpture! Once the winning team was crowned, the entire … Read more »

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Authentication Error when logging on at School?


 STUDENTS: Are you getting an “Authentication Error” when trying to log into Infinite Campus at School?  Be sure you use your FULL student email address.  It isn’t just your 6-digit student ID any more; you have to add the “” (i.e.: Your password is your birthday mmddyyyy.

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Getting wired for a new computer lab


Academy’s new computer lab is being wired today!  The lab will serve as a classroom for the new AP Computer Science course as well as allow teachers to bring other classes in for special projects.  Exciting times at Academy!

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First Day of School


There was a lot of learning on the first day of school!  How to build tall balloon sculptures, why a flaming Chemistry teacher doesn’t catch fire, and how to find the right bus were all topics of the day.  See pictures by clicking the headline above.

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Orientation Night!


It was a packed house at the Academy’s Parent Orientation!  Thank you to the Army JROTC for being great guides!  See pictures of the event by clicking the headline.  Our next Parent Academy Night is September 23 from 6 – 7 PM.

Upcoming Events

Sep 01
Labor Day - No School
Sep 23
Parent Academy
Oct 16
Fall Central Academy Conferences
Oct 21
Fall Central Academy Conferences
Oct 22
ACT Explore/Plan

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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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