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Top Student, Leading Cadet, New Citizen


When Luis Martinez arrived in Des Moines from Mexico, he set out to be a good student at Howe, Weeks, Lincoln and Central Academy. He also rose through the ranks to become Lieutenant Colonel of his JROTC battalion. And as of last week, he is one of the nation’s newest citizens. Click the headline to read … Read more »

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Kaut & Steenson to State History Day Contest


Mila Kaut and Anna Steenson advanced to the State for the National History Day Contest.  The Distict competition was held April 11 at Grandview University. At State, these ladies will complete with all other district winners from across the state. The State competition is held at the State Historical Building. Mila Kaut won for her … Read more »

Block Party

Clay 4 a Cause


Academy Potters will host CLAY 4 A CAUSE during Central Campus’ Block Party, Tuesday, April 28 from 6 – 8 PM. This year, the money raised will be donated to Courage League Sports Courage League Sports is a recreational adaptive sports facility specifically designed for children not able to go “full speed” due to disability, … Read more »

Mathletes 4.18.15

State Mathematics Contest Champions!


Saturday, April 18, Academy Mathletes got up early to go to the State Mathematics Contest in Iowa City.  Academy had 2 State Champs in Target Events: Harry Crane, in 12th grade and Gabe Mintzer in 10th grade.  We were also the winners of the Team Test Event for Large Schools: Harry Crane, AJ Fleming, Zach Lin, Nathan … Read more »


Senior Recognition Ceremony April 12, 2015


Apple Amos, pictured with Ms. Catie Miller, was the student speaker at the Senior Recognition ceremony held at the Temple of Performing Arts on Sunday, April 12 at 2:00.  Hear her inspiring speech at   To hear all the speeches honoring the class of 2015 please go to  One student from each of the … Read more »

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Student Activism Network Organized Letter Drive


The Student Activism Network organized a letter writing and petition drive to oppose the Bakken Pipeline proposal during lunch on March 31. Students wrote original letters (not form letters) explaining their position on the pipeline as they ate pizza.  The event was entirely student organized and run.  Click headline for pictures from the event!

Upcoming Events

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
May 06
AP Exams: English Literature, Physics 1 & Japanese Language
May 07
AP Exams: Computer Science, Art History & Physics 2

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