School News


Logan’s Lookout Spoken Word at Lunch


Two incredible spoken word artists took the stage at Logan’s Lookout for today’s Lunch performance.  Performing original works, Hatte Kelley and Susan Stacy entertained a crowd of students and staff who snapped and clapped!  Click headline for pictures from the event.

National Scholastic Award

Academy Student Wins National Scholastic Art & Writing Award


We are pleased to announce that Susan Stacy, senior at Central Academy and Hoover High School, has earned national recognition in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2015.  Stacy (on the right) is pictured with Prateek Oberoi and Jenna Pokorny at a writers’ workshop.  Award winners have been identified by panels of creative professionals as the most talented … Read more »


Tokyo Metropolitan High School Visit


Students from Tokyo Metropolitan High School have been visiting Central Academy this week.  They have been staying with host families.  Today, the visiting students made a presentation to Academy students taking Japanese.  Full of good humor and informative, the presentation was well received. Click headline for pictures of the event

8th Grade Academy Night

Miss the Meeting?


Tuesday night prospective 8th grade students and their parents were invited to attend a meeting about the Eighth Grade Academy next year.  If you were unable to attend the meeting click 8th Grade Academy Orientation to download a copy of the power point.  Enrollment forms, which were mailed home on March 7, 2015, are due … Read more »

AP Exam

AP Exam orders due next week


Remember to order and pay for your AP Exams by April 1.  If you attend DMPS high schools: East, Hoover, Lincoln, North or Roosevelt, order and pay for your AP Exams with the bookkeeper at your home school.  If you are an Out of District or middle school student, order and pay for your AP … Read more »

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Spring Break in Spain!


Academy IB, History and Spanish students travel to Spain and Morocco for Spring Break!  Click the headline to see pictures of their trip!

Upcoming Events

Apr 01
DMPS High School IA Assessments; No Academy classes for DMPS 9 - 12 graders
Apr 01
Last day to Order & Pay for AP Exams
Apr 28
11th Grade ACT; No Academy classes for DMPS 9 - 12 grades
May 04
AP exams: Environmental Science & Chemistry
May 05
AP Exams: Calculus AB & BC and Chinese Language

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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…

At Central Academy, we challenge students to achieve at the highest levels.

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