School News

2014-10-16 09.33.17

World Food Prize Visitor Faustine Wabwire


Senior Foreign Policy Analyst for Bread for the World Institute, Ms. Faustine Wabwire visited Dr. Forsgren’s social studies classes on Thursday in conjunction with the World Food Prize.  Ms. Wabwire discussed research based advocacy for African agricultural development. Click headline for a sample blog.


Parent Conferences Tuesday Night


If you missed our first night of conferences on Thursday, our second night of conferences is Tuesday, October 21 from 3:30 – 7:30.  Please stop by to visit with Academy teachers.  If there is a line, please limit your conference with an individual teacher to 5 minutes.  If a longer conversation is needed we can … Read more »


Experiment in International Living


 2004 Academy Alumni, Maura Walsh, was in town for the World Food Prize.  She is currently a group leadership manager for the Experiment in International Living at World Living.  She spoke to some of our World Language students today about summer opportunities in world travel available for high school students.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences


Thursday, October 16 from 3:30 – 7:30 PM and Tuesday, October 21 from 3:30 – 7:30, please stop by to visit with Academy teachers.  If there is a line, please limit your conference with an individual teacher to 5 min.  If a longer conversation is needed we can schedule an appointment or a phone conference.


Seniors earn all expenses paid trip to visit Harvey Mudd


 Seniors, Rachel Schneider and Luis Martinez, earned an all-expenses paid trip to Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California.  The students visited with admissions and financial aid, took a campus tour, sat in on workshops and classes and attended lab sessions.  Rachel participated in the Chemistry Structure Lab and Luis went to the Quantum Optics Lab. “The … Read more »


Skyping College Visits


To give our seniors every opportunity to visit with potential colleges and universities around the nation, we have started skyping sessions with some admissions offices.  Today students met the Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Get more information about college visits on our Counseling tab above.

Upcoming Events

Oct 21
Fall Central Academy Conferences
Oct 22
ACT Explore/Plan
Oct 24
No Classes
Nov 11
Parent Academy
Nov 26
No Classes

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The Counseling Tab (above) is up-to-date with college visits, scholarship information and much, much more!  Check it out!


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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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