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Sink or Swim at Central Academy


After splitting into teams to design and build cardboard-and-duct-tape boats, today was the moment of truth for Prep Academy students as they set off to sail (or sink) in their creations. The 7th grade regattas launched in the Central Campus pool. Click headline to see photos of this unique lesson in team building.

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Central Academy office information


The Central Academy office will be closed December 24th through January 2nd.  The staff would like to wish all our families a restful and enjoyable winter break.  Classes resume on January 5th, which will be a “B” day.


Prep Academy is off to the Races!


Congratulations to Team 7: El Secreto Oscuro, Grand Champion  of the 7th Grade Prep Academy Boat Races!  Someone from each team had to pilot their boat! Six of the 16 boats were able to make it down and back in the pool at least once.  Be every team learn a lot and had fun! Click headline for pictures.


German Classes Prepare Gingerbread


 The German classes are completing their Gingerbread houses!  Click the headline for more pictures.

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Martinez Earns Harkin’s Recommendation for US Naval Academy


Senior Luis Martinez has earned the distinction of being recommended to the prestigious US Naval Academy by US Senator, Tom Harkin.  He’s cleared the first big hurdle to earning a place at the elite school in Annapolis, but “now I have to do my application,” says Martinez.  Last spring Martinez had to complete a preliminary application and then apply … Read more »

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Manivanh Accepted to Harvard!


 Senior Theresa Manivanh has a big grin on her face today!  Last night she was notified that she has been accepted to Harvard University next fall!  Theresa is an athlete and a scholar. Currently a member of the Roosevelt swim team, this year she taking advanced placement English, Physics C, and Macroeconomics, as well as IB Chemistry, Linear Algebra … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Dec 22
Winter Recess
Dec 22
Winter Recess
Dec 25
Offices closed
Dec 31
Offices Closed
Dec 31
Holiday – Offices Closed

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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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