School News

AP Exam

Register for AP Exams before March 27


AP Exams are given in the first weeks of May. Exams cost $93 each. DMPS students register for exams with the bookkeeper at their home schools. Out of District students register with Kim Kinney at the Academy Office. Please click headline for more details.

Math contest 2.11.2017

Mathletes take ISU by Storm, Qualify for State!


Central Academy won 1st place at the ISU Math Contest on Saturday! All 19 of Central’s participants (See picture) qualified for the state math meet! Click the headline for more pictures of the team!

Model UN 2017

Students Shine at Model UN


Twenty-two students represented Mongolia at the University of Chicago’s Model UN county conference this past weekend in Chicago from Feb 2-5. Some were signatories on working papers, others were authors. The future looks bright for this world if these teens become our leaders! Advisors-Canada Snyder, Darci Kellen, Luci Core

Homepage Feature

Thinking About Taking A Social Studies Course at Academy Next year?


Thinking about taking a social studies course at Central Academy next year? Click the headline to see a student made video (Thanks, Sam and Charlotte!) explaining why you should “Live the Experience!”

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Science Bowl Team takes Second Place


Academy’s Science Bowl team took 2nd place at the Iowa Regional High School Science Bowl contest held at Ames Laboratory. Academy’s team was Connor Johnson, Shivani Kumaresan, Aditi Jithendra, Kevin Li and Evan Hilton. First place, Valley High School, was led by Gabe Mintzer, also an Academy science student. The Science Bowl is an opportunity for Iowa’s top science and math students to face-off on their knowledge of math and a range of science disciplines. Congrats to all.


Happy Chinese New Year!


Students enrolled in Chinese courses co-hosted the Chinese Association of Iowa’s New Year Celebration performing songs and dances after a week of Chinese art and cooking. Heden Perez and Carolynn Luong were named Youth of the Year. Click headline for more pictures.

Upcoming Events

Mar 02
Spring Parent Conferences
Mar 07
Spring Parent Conferences
Mar 10
Spring Break
Mar 20
Classes Resume
Apr 05
DMPS High School IA Assessments; No Academy classes for DMPS 9 - 12 graders

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


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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…

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