School News

Nosa Ali

Ali Picked for World Food Prize Internship


Congratulations to Nosa Ali of Roosevelt High School/Central Academy on being one of 24 high school students from across the country selected for a prestigious Borlaug-Ruan Internship sponsored by the World Food Prize. Ali will be spending the summer in Londrina, Brazil where she will be working for two months at the EMBRAPA-Soybean Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation. Click headline for more about this unique student opportunity.


Central Academy Teacher on Jeopardy!


By day, Jill Gilbert is a 7th and 8th grade English teacher at Central Academy. But next week she’s also a TV star, appearing on a special teachers’ edition of Jeopardy! She was one of only 15 teachers nationwide selected to appear on the popular game show, which will air locally on WHO-TV Channel 13 on Wednesday, May 4 at 3:30 PM. Click on the image for more.

Clay 4 A Cause

Clay 4 A Cause


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

Homepage Feature

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!

Upcoming Events

May 24
Senior Finals B. 1 & 2
May 31
High School Finals Block 3 & 4
Jun 01
High School Finals Block 7 & 8
Jun 02
High School Finals Block 1 & 2
Jun 02
Last day of Second Semester Middle School

Bulletin Board

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


1912 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

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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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