School News

High School Scheduling for Current 8th Graders


If you missed the Parent Scheduling meeting on high school scheduling for current 8th grade students, click the headline to view a video of the presentation.

Academy After Hours on Tuesdays


Academy After Hours is every Tuesday (except the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and the Tuesday of Conferences) from 2:30 – 4:30. Attending these sessions help students work a little at a time on their assignments and begin to develop the time management skills they need. During After Hours students can use school computers to work on … Read more »

September Newsletter: Imposter Syndrome, Academy After Hours, and Scheduling Night


Click the headline to get the latest Parent Newsletter. It discusses Imposter Syndrome, After Hours beginning on 9/26, and the new event, “Scheduling Night”.

9 Students Named National Merit Semi-Finalists


Des Moines Public Schools is proud to announce that the following students have been designated 2018 National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists: Nyah Davis – Roosevelt, Margaret Dunham – Roosevelt, Gabriel Ewert – East, Aditi Jithendra – Johnston, Owen Koster – Van Meter, Emily Larson – North Polk, Kevin Li – Hoover, Katie Suh – Roosevelt, David (Dezell) Turner – East
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Parent Academy Meeting Tuesday Night


The next Parent Academy meeting, Tuesday, September 12 from 6:30 – 7:30 PM featuring Guinnivere Bohnsack on Bringing Awareness to the Emotional Health of Gifted Adolescents and Kaci Conetzkey on DMACC Associates Degrees in High School. Click headline for more!

School Start Up Information


Looking for the orientation information, SOS sheets full of tips for new students, and other start of school help? Click on Parents -> Parent Academy to get PDFs from all our latest events!

Upcoming Events

Oct 17
School Board Meeting
Oct 17
Fall Central Academy Conferences
Oct 18
DMPS Job Fair
Oct 27
No School – Professional Development Day
Oct 27
No School – Professional Development Day

Bulletin Board

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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Calendar of Events


About Central Academy

1912 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

P: 515-242-7888 | E:


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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