School News


Orientation Night!


Parents and students are welcome to Orientation Night tonight!  Walk the student’s schedule, meet the teachers, learn a little about being an Academy student.  Parents: check out your child’s schedule in Infinite Campus so you have the latest update and know which rooms you’re trying to find. Students:  Your network password has been reset.  Your … Read more »


Two DMPS students invited to Governor’s Round Table Discussion


David Ewing (Lincoln) and Madisen Blackford (Hoover) were 2 of the 3 high school students invited to a STEM roundtable discussion with Governor Brandstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds on Wednesday, August 12.  Organized by the Iowa STEM Council, the students explained to the Governor how the efforts of the Future Ready Iowa project to align … Read more »


Putting a New Lid on it!


It is summer time and Central Academy is preparing for the next academic year!  A new roof is being installed this summer, as well as other mechanical updates, a fresh coat of wax on the floors and all kinds of teacher training and workshops!  It’s been an exciting time as we ramp up for 2015-16!

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Brian Reece Named Presidential Award Winner


President Obama announced the latest recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching this morning, and among the honorees is Central Academy math teacher Brian Reece. He is the 11th DMPS educator to earn this prestigious award since it was created in 1983. Click here to read more about the latest in a string of national honors and recognitions received this year at Des Moines Public Schools.

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Tower Building Contest during Lunch


Elite teams of tower building enthusiasts competed in the last weeks of school to build the tallest free standing tower using uncooked spaghetti and gumdrops as the only materials.  Congrats to our winners: Prateek Oberoi and Harry Crane.  Click headline for more pictures.


Students Return from trip to Japan


Last summer and this winter Central Academy hosted students from Japan. This summer some of our students studying Japanese traveled to Japan!  See pictures from the trip by clicking the headline above.

Upcoming Events

Sep 07
Labor Day – No school
Oct 23
No school – Teacher EQ Development

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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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