School News

Developing Resiliency in Teens


If you were unable to attend the Parent Academy on Tuesday, 8/15, click the headline to download a PDF of the presentation.

Annual Student Password Reset


Every year, DMPS resets passwords for students. However, some schools opt out of the reset. So, some students will continue with their previous passwords and others will have to create a new password. On August 16, 2017, student passwords for computers, email and Infinite Campus will be reset (unless their school opted out). So, if your password isn’t working after August 16, you’ll have to create a new one. Click Headline for more info.

Teachers Spend Summer Preparing for New School Year


Central Academy faculty spent the summer attending workshops, conferences, and training sessions to provide the richest experiences for their students. AP Art History teacher, Becky Johnson (pictured in Red), had the opportunity to tour Rome with Dr. Kleiner (pictured in stripes), who wrote the AP Art History Textbook that we use!

Welcome Back! School Starting Information


Welcome Back! Click the headline for school start up information. There is also a PDF link with maps, schedules, and policies!

Remember Summer Assignments!


Students taking English or Social Studies have summer assignments that are due on the first day of school! Please check under the “About Us” tab -> “Summer Assignments” for a complete listing and all handouts.

Two Academy Teams Named Finalist in National & International Math Modeling Competitions


Two teams of Central Academy students earned impressive recognition for their performance in international math modeling competitions sponsored by COMAP (The Consortium for Math and its Applications). Click headline to learn more!

Upcoming Events

Aug 22
Open House Orientation
Aug 23
First Day of School
Aug 26
Graduation Walk
Sep 04
Labor Day
Sep 05
School Board Meeting

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!

Want to know more about AP Exams in DMPS?


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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