School News

Academy Math Students Write a Puzzler for ESPN’s 538


The Advanced Mathematics Problem Solving class at Central Academy created one of the puzzles that Academy alum, Ollie Roeder, features in the 538 column, The Riddler, that he writes. The lead author is senior math whiz Tanner Drabek, pictured with collaborator, Nyah Davis. Teachers Mike Marcketti and Brian Reece worked with the class in honing a well-crafted problem for 538’s readers to solve. Click headline to read the story!

Unity Through Diversity Forum


It was a packed house and a packed agenda at the Unity Through Diversity Forum Tuesday night! Picture: Lorena Eclatt, Communications Director, Maya Miller, Panelist, Grant Fay, Panelist, Ellie Konfrst, Moderator, Robert Nishimwe, Panelist, and Jerry Jones, Panelist. Click Headline to read DMPS story about the event and watch the event on YouTube!

Homepage Feature

November Newsletter Available


There is a lot of information about upcoming events, grading practices, and important district information. Click the headline to read the newsletter!

Academy Students Take Honors at 2017 UW-Platteville Mathematics Contest


Central Academy students won 18 of the 42 Division I All-Academic Team honors at the 45th Annual High School Mathematics Contest held at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville on Wednesday, November 1.  Five math faculty members coached the 127 Academy math students who participated in the contest. The event featured a record 762 students representing over … Read more »

November 16th test message to families


On November 16th DMPS will be sending a test message to families.  The message will be sent at 2:30pm and will be sent out five different ways:  telephone, text message, email, Infinite Campus moblie app and or the Infinite Campus parent portal.  Check your Infinite Campus contact information to be sure it is correct for … Read more »

DMPS Alum Dr. Feng Zhang and Ed Pilkington

World Food Prize Brings Top Scientists to DMPS


The World Food Prize served as a homecoming for Feng Zhang, a graduate of Roosevelt High School and Central Academy. Zhang, a researcher at both Harvard and MIT, is a rock star of sorts in the scientific community for his breakthrough work on genome editing. Click on the headline to read more.

Upcoming Events

Nov 21
Academy After Hours Cancelled due to Holiday
Nov 21
School Board Meeting
Nov 22
No School
Nov 23
Thanksgiving Break
Dec 12
School Board Meeting

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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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