School News

Throwing is Growing with Studio Space!


Throwing is growing at Central Academy – and how!

The pottery program in a building that began as a headquarters for agricultural journalism before its acquisition by a school district and conversion to classroom space has created more student interest than there was room for – until… Click the headline for the rest of the story!

9-Week Progress Reports


Log into the Parent Portal to see student 9-week progress reports. Click the headline for more information!

NASA chief historian talks to class.

NASA’s Chief Historian Visits With Students


Dr. Bill Barry has been NASA’s chief historian since 2010. In town to deliver a lecture Thursday night at Drake University, Dr. Barry sought the opportunity to speak more informally with some high school students while he was here, kind of like a warmup for his main event, and he found an audience at Central Academy. Click on the headline to read more.

Scoring by Target: November Parent Newletter


As we head into the second half of the semester, the Central Academy parent newsletter contains helpful information on grading practices and progress reporting. Click the headline to read the newsletter.

Renovate to Innovate


Please consider donating to the Renovate to Innovate project. No amount is too small or too big! Renovate to Innovate Donation Link   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 skills, … Read more »

Homepage Feature

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.

Upcoming Events

Dec 24
Winter Break – No School
Dec 24
Holiday – Offices Closed
Dec 24
Winter Break
Dec 31
Holiday – Offices Closed
Jan 02
Staff Development – No School

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Renovate to Innovate!

Help us expand arts opportunities for DMPS students: Donation Link

Read more about the project here.



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?”


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…

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