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2018 Summer Assignments


2018 Summer  Assignments   English Summer Reading Assignments:   Beaverdale Books will have some of the English novel titles available at their store.  Most can be found on Amazon or at the local public libraries, also.   7th grade Prep Academy Summer reading   8th Summer Read 2018   9th Summer Read 2018 update   … Read more »

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Big Winners in International Mathematical Modeling Contests!


We have very exciting results from the USA Regional of the International Mathematical Modeling Contest: FINALIST status was achieved by the Central Academy team of Louise Bequeath ’19, Jimmy Le ’18, Luke Whitman ’18, and Ben Wonderlin ’19. Click the headline to read the press release and the student paper!

Hilton earns Perfect Score on ACT in April!


Evan Hilton, son of Frank and Jill Hilton, and a Junior at Theodore Roosevelt High School and Central Academy, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. On average, only around one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2017, only 2,760 out of more than 2 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36. The ACT consists of tests in English, … Read more »

Senior Recognition: Departmental Awards


Each Central Academy Department had the daunting challenge of selecting just one senior to receive a special commendation for their work in their discipline. Click the headline to find links to the speeches about each of the seniors selected for 2018.

Senior Recognition: Senior Speaker


Robert Nishimwe was elected to be the Senior Speaker for 2018.  Known for his incredible accomplishments, compassion, and activism, Robert said, “I ask that we become more conscious of how our language, actions, and beliefs impact others.” Robert started at Central Academy in the 7th grade as a member of the Prep Academy and has … Read more »

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School Board Meeting
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School Board Meeting
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Unity Through Diversity!

Student leaders organized the Unity Through Diversity Political Forum to demonstrate how they would like political discourse to work in the United States. See it for yourself:

Audience members said:

“Listening to these teenagers discuss the tax system with more knowledge and nuance than any politician I’ve heard lately.”


“I am amazed at this panel’s ability to tackle a wide range of difficult issues. How can we, in school and society, facilitate the transfer of these conversations to the “next level”? These students give me hope; how do we guarantee their leadership in the future?”


“I love that none of you toed a party line tonight.  You showed maturity, nuance, humanity, and understanding. In a political debate, you’d be criticized for inconsistency.  How do we shift the paradigm so that THIS is the model for political discourse in the US?”

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


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