School News

August Parent Newsletter


Click the headline to see upcoming events like Parent Social August 16 and Student Orientation August 20. You’ll also find a link to maps, calendars, bell times and more! Happy New (School) Year!

Ordering Books for English Classes


Every year, Academy English students need a set of novels or texts that they can annotate (so it cannot be a library book). We use a bulk supplier that allows us to purchase these books at a reduced price. You may choose to order one or more of these books from us or you can supply your own. Click the headline for more information about ordering books for English Classes.

Summer Newsletter


Click the headline to get links to the Parent Survey on Parent Conferences and other Parent Nights, find the list of summer assignments, and see the new bell times and A/B calendar.

2018 Summer Assignments


English Summer Reading Assignments: Beaverdale Books will have some of the English novel titles available at their store.  Most can be found on Amazon or at the local public libraries, also. 7th-grade-Prep-Academy-Summer-reading 8th-Summer-Read-2018- 9th-Summer-Read-2018 10th-Summer-Read-2018-1 11th-AP-Language-and-Composition-Summer-Read-2018 AP-Lit-Summer-Read-2018 Social Science Summer Assignments: AP Comparative Government Comparative Govt Summer Assignment If you find the photocopy of the … Read more »

Big Winners in International Mathematical Modeling Contests!


We have very exciting results from the USA Regional of the International Mathematical Modeling Contest: FINALIST status was achieved by the Central Academy team of Louise Bequeath ’19, Jimmy Le ’18, Luke Whitman ’18, and Ben Wonderlin ’19. Click the headline to read the press release and the student paper!

Hilton earns Perfect Score on ACT in April!


Evan Hilton, son of Frank and Jill Hilton, and a Junior at Theodore Roosevelt High School and Central Academy, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. On average, only around one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2017, only 2,760 out of more than 2 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36. The ACT consists of tests in English, … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Aug 20
Student Orientation and Open House
Aug 23
First Day of School
Sep 03
Labor Day – No School
Sep 03
Labor Day- No School
Sep 04
School Board Meeting

Bulletin Board

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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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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