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2014 Senior Recognition


    On Sunday April 13th the seniors from Central Academy were recognized for their hard work and accomplishments.  The Sunday afternoon was spent recognizing students that have spent the last four years attending classes at Central Academy.  Each senior received an award of accomplishment.  There were six students that received special awards.  Congratulations to … Read more »

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Central Historians Qualify for State


Students from Central Academy participated in a recent National History Day district competition at Grandview University, earning several award and qualifying for State in every category. Click the photo to learn more about National History Day and see a complete list of the winning historians from Central Academy.

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Creative Writers at Central are Honored


Several students in the Central Academy Creative Writing program, along with two of their teachers, were honored this past weekend at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards sponsored by the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa. Click the photo to see a list of the winning authors.


Nellans Wins National Award For Writing


We are pleased to announce that Central Academy Advanced Creative Writing student Lily Nellans earned national recognition in the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  Lily has been identified by panels of creative professionals as one of the most talented young writers in the nation.  This year, almost 255,000 works of art and writing were … Read more »


AP Exam Registration Deadline: April 1


Students who want to sign up to take an Advanced Placement exam must do so on or before Tuesday, April 1st. Registration forms can be picked up in the school counseling office and returned to the school bookkeeper. AP exams take place May 5-16. Click the headline for more information about registering for AP exams.


IB Year 11 Student Artists!


Michael Lane, from The Des Moines Art Center visited Central Academy today and created a JIX sculpture with our IB year 11 student artists!!! Keep an eye on it though….it will grow over time. Students will document the evolution on their phones, which will be posted on The Art Centers Facebook page.

Upcoming Events

May 19
Senior Finals Week
May 23
Last day for Seniors
May 26
Memorial Day
May 29
Last day of school for Elem/MS
May 30
Last day of school for High School

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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