School News

Proud of DMPS Young Scientists!


The 10th annual DMPS District Science Fair took over the Science Center of Iowa last week. Research revealed some groundbreaking projects. We applaud the curiosity and scholarship of DMPS students who are adding to the body of knowledge and human understanding! Click headline to read about the projects and see all the familiar names who took home top awards!

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February Parent Newsletter


Dear Central Academy students and parents, Academy teachers are having robust discussions about how we can improve the clarity and timeliness of our communication on student progress during the semester. Many Academy teachers are still relatively new to using Standards Referenced Grading (SRG) because many of the Academy courses are among the last to roll … Read more »

All Classes Cancelled January 11, 2018


Due to weather and road conditions, all classes are cancelled at Central Academy and all DMPS schools today, January 11, 2018. First semester will now close on Tuesday, January 16 with final grades submitted by January 18. Follow the A-Day/B-day Pattern. Friday is B-day, Tuesday is A-day. Second semester starts on Wednesday, a B-day.

Three Finalists in “Know Your Constitution” Contest!


Central Academy boast three finalist in The Iowa State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division “Know Your Constitution” Project! Madeline Kahl,  Kevin Li, and Jerry Jones (Pictured) were in Mr. Voshell’s AP Comparative Government class. One hundred finalists were selected from the more than 1,000 students across the State of Iowa who participated in the “Know … Read more »

New School Hours for FY2019


Central Academy will follow the new secondary school hours for next year. But, because there is travel time from the comprehensive schools we serve and our building, our bell times will be offset from the comprehensive schools (just like they are now). We are actively working with the DMPS comprehensive schools we serve to set the bell times for next fall. Currently, we are considering our hours to be 8:45 – 3:05 starting in August 2018. Click the headline for more information.

Nishimwe selected for prestigious United States Senate Youth Program


Senior, Robert Nishimwe, was selected as one of two Iowa Delegates to the prestigious United States Senate Youth Program. In addition to the all-expenses paid week in Washington DC for the program, Robert will also receive a $10,000 college scholarship to continue coursework in government, history, and public affairs. Read the press release by clicking the headline.

Upcoming Events

Mar 09
Spring Recess – No School
Mar 20
School Board Meeting
Mar 30
No School – Professional Development Day
Apr 03
School Board Meeting
Apr 11
Kindergarten Sign-Up

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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

The Counseling Tab

Check out our page with the link above.  It is up-to-date with college visits, scholarship information and much, much more!  The Schedulers’ Guidebook to the Academy is also there.  Check it out!

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About Central Academy

1912 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

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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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