May 19th, 2017

Academy writers earned National Medals in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Less than 1% of submissions were recognized at the national level. Hannah Lyons named American Voices Nominee for her work, “The Grave Yard Shift”. Eight Academy students earned the recognition this year. Including Madeline Jones, Shivani Kumaresan, Alle Brown-Law, Claire Wallace, Abbott LaPrade, Jade Miller (not pictured), and Rachel Wade. Click on Headline for more.

May 18th, 2017

Two Academy teams earned impressive recognition for their performance in international math modeling competitions sponsored by the Consortium for Math and its Applications. Maeve Greising, Kevin Li, & Evan Hilton’s team are finalists: 1 of 8 nationally. Luke Whitman, Ryan Burgett, Jimmy Le & Connor Johnson’s team are finalists: top 9% in the world! Click Headline for more.

April 18th, 2017

Congratulations to Cathi Miller, an English teacher at Central Academy, on being one of 52 educators from across the country to be named a 2017 Digital Innovator by the Public Broadcasting Service. This is the second year in a row that Iowa’s recipient of this honor has taught at Des Moines Public Schools. Click headline to read and see more on how she is integrating technology to support and improve education.

April 10th, 2017

Due to the success of our Pottery program, we have grown out of our current studio space. Our goal is to raise $500,000 to renovate a currently unused space at our school (1912 Grand Ave.) into a state-of-the-art studio. A crew of throwing students are working together to produce an art show “A R T & SOUL,” displaying Milne’s work and as the works of potters in the program. The art show will open to the public, allowing guests to view Level A and see it’s potential on Saturday, April 15th from 7-9pm at Central Academy, 1912 Grand Ave. Please contact Dara Green at for more information or Kim Kinney at 515-242-7888 if you would like to make a donation.

April 3rd, 2017

More than 80 DMPS student-scientists who qualified at the school district’s science fair in February took their projects to the next level last week in the State Science and Technology Fair at Iowa State University in Ames. Their work went neither unnoticed nor unrewarded. In both the middle school and high school divisions DMPS entrants won top honors in multiple categories. Click Headline for more.

April 3rd, 2017

Central Academy sits at a global crossroads. Last week a student delegation returned from a 10-day educational tripo to Germany, Austria, Switzer-land and Lichtenstein. Students annually travel between here and Japan. In October, the Afghanistan Ambassador to the U.S. made a visit. Last fall students continued a longstanding exchange between DMPS and Hjorring, Denmark. This week the favor was returned as DMPS hosted the Danes. Click headline for more.

March 30th, 2017

Academy’s Robert Nishimwe & Victoria Yin met with the State of Iowa School Board (Robert is a member) to advocate for the Community for Racial Equity program. CORE has chapters at North & Roosevelt , their home schools. They urge expanded support of its effort to bring greater equity in educational outcomes among students of color in Iowa. Click headline for more.

March 28th, 2017

If you were unable to attend the parent information meeting for incoming 8th grade students, please click the headline to get a copy of the presentation.

March 23rd, 2017

Academy German students traveled to Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Liechtenstein over 10-days. Here they have breakfast in the Swiss Alps. Read the blog at and click headline for more pictures.

March 9th, 2017

Click the headline for the latest parent newsletter with important upcoming events at Academy!