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Renovate to Innovate


  Please consider donating to the Renovate to Innovate project. No amount is too small or too big!   Renovate to Innovate     Dear Friends, As a National Board Certified art educator and fine artist, I have watched students experience a powerful transformation through pottery. Not only do they learn critical, technical, and artistic … Read more »

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Parent Conferences October 11 and 16


Conferences are from 4:00 – 8:00 PM on Thursday October 11 and Tuesday October 16. Click the headline for more information.

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High School Credit Options for 8th Grade students


8th Grade Academy students get high school credit for their Academy classes. But you will have to make a choice how it appears on your transcript. Click the headline to get a link to the webinar that explains the choice and the form for making the choice.

Multiple Opportunities to Demonstrate Learning Webinars


The Central Academy faculty have created webinars about how each department provides multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate learning. Click the headline for links to the webinars!

September Parent Newsletter


Click on the headline to read the September Parent Newsletter. Find links to our two new webinars: Eating Lunch at Central and Successful Academic Behaviors

Webinar on getting lunch at Central


Learn how to navigate the Central Cafeteria! Click on the headline to watch a video about meals at Academy and Campus.

Upcoming Events

Oct 25
No Classes- Staff Development Days
Nov 05
Mid-Term Grades Posted
Nov 06
School Board Meeting
Nov 20
School Board Meeting
Nov 21
No School

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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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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…

At Central Academy, we challenge students to achieve at the highest levels.

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