School News


It’s Homecoming Season! The Senior IB Cohort Go Together


The IB Diploma Program forges tight friendships among students.  On Saturday night the entire Senior Cohort went to Homecoming together!  From Left to Right in the back row are Donald Gee, Jazzaray James, Rebecca Rodrigues, Ashol Aguek, Abby Feehan, Sylvia Visser, and Addison Williamson.  Pictured in the Front row are: Alex Milan, Sam Alexander, Michelle … Read more »

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Miss the Meeting?


If you were not able to attend the Parent Academy Tuesday night, you’ll find the presentations under the Parents tab (upper right).


Centralite Newspaper


Students have started their own newspaper this year, the Centralite. Editor, Zoe Swinton, is looking for copy writers, photographers, and contributors of student work samples.  See Ms. Kellen if you’re interested in participating.  Find the archive of Newspapers under the “Parents” tab (upper right). 2015.09.18 Centralite

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Parent Academy Tuesday Night


Parents! Our First Parent Academy meeting is Tuesday, September 22 from 6 – 7 PM. Parents choose which of the three presentations to attend. Each presentation will be repeated at 6:00 and 6:30. The presentations are: Work Load Over Load, Preparing for IB, and State of the School Address. Click headline for details.

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8th Grade Close Up Trip Opportunity


All Des Moines Public Schools 8th graders are invited to participate in a student trip to Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia over spring break.  The trip takes place Sunday, March 13 to Thursday, March 17, 2016. Close Up is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that works with students and educators to promote active citizenship.  Close Up has … Read more »


In the Field of Physics


Physics students spent the afternoon on Wednesday launching rockets and studying accelerated motion!  See pictures at

Upcoming Events

Oct 15
Fall Central Academy Conferences
Oct 20
Fall Central Academy Conferences
Oct 23
No school – Teacher EQ Development
Nov 10
Parent Academy
Jan 12
Parent Academy

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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


1912 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

P: 515-242-7888 | E:


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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