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Clay 4 A Cause


Stop by and pick up some super cool pottery for a great cause!

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Barnes and Noble on April 16th


Hello, everyone!  Barnes and Noble at Jordan Creek will be hosting a book fair to benefit Central Academy on Saturday, April 16th.  Any money raised will be used to purchase resources for our college and test prep library in the counseling office.  With an extremely limited annual budget, this money is a lifesaver!  Attached you … Read more »

Gabe Mintzer

Congratulations Gabe Mintzer!


Great news!  Central Academy mathematician Gabriel Mintzer, ’17, has qualified for the USAMO (United States of America Mathematics Examination).  This places Gabe in approximately the top 250 high school mathematicians in the country – for the second consecutive year.  Last year, Gabe narrowly missed qualifying for the 30 person summer training camp from which the … Read more »

First Place Carnivale

Carnevale Winners!


The voting is in and the winner of the Carnevale Masks has been elected!  First place winner was Denisse Lopez, and the second winner was Sophia Ross.  Congratulations!  See more pictures from Mr. Leo’s Italian classes by clicking the headline!

Treats with Trailblazers #3

Treats with Trailblazers


Are you interested in seeing the magic of a FLIPPED high school art studio?  I will be sharing some of my experiences with flipping our Central Academy art studio with the Trailblazers April 6th from 3:30-4:30 in the Central Campus board room, 1800 Grand Ave. All are welcome!

CA Alum

Alumni Twins Pursue STEM Careers


Read about a pair of twin sisters and close friends who, since graduating from Lincoln High School and Central Academy in 2004, have pursued STEM careers. Ru-Huey Yen went to medical school and is completing her residency at California Pacific Medical Center, while sister Ru-Shyan is an architect in Seattle. Emma White completed her PhD at ISU and is now a post-doctoral researcher at the Ames Laboratory, while sister Molly is an engineer at the NASA Johnson Space Center. Click here for more.

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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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