School News

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 »

Senior Recognition: Award Winning Dancer


Aaron Choi taught himself hip-hop from watching YouTube videos growing up, but when he realized that videos could only take him so far, he decided that he wanted to venture out and learn about all types of dance forms and Des Moines Public Schools helped him make this new found passion a reality. Click the headline to watch a recent video of his work

Senior Recognition: Scholar Standout


Dezell Turner, East High, was selected as the FY2018 Senior Scholar by his peers at Central Academy. To get an idea about Dezell, check out the video he created for his MIT application by clicking the headline and then clicking the link, “Etch-a-Sketch Calculus”.

Students Earn Perfect Scores on the ACT!


Congratulations to juniors Natalie Chartier, Ben Wonderlin, and Cammy Primeau for earning perfect scores on the ACT exam taken in February! Click the headline to read the District story about them.

AP Exam Testing Locations


So, you’ve ordered your AP Exams, now what? Click on the headline to visit our AP Exam page. NOTE: The locations, times and dates for each exam are listed. This is important because some exams you take at your home school even if you took the class at Academy. Some exams are ONLY offered at Academy, no matter where you took the class! Check it out! We will complete pre-administration in late April.

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School Board Meeting
May 15
School Board Meeting
May 28
Memorial Day
Jun 05
School Board Meeting
Jul 04
Independence Day

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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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