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Dear Central Academy Students and Families,

Welcome and Welcome back to a new school year!  Classes for students in grades 7 – 12 start on Wednesday, August 24.   Here is the Calendar for the School year. 2022 23 DMPS Calendar

A Walk-Your-Schedule event is scheduled for Monday, August 22 from 4 – 6 PM.  Drop by and meet your teachers, find your classrooms, and go on a scavenger hunt for popular places and people at Academy.   If you are not able to attend during the event, the building is open from 8 – 4, M – F; just stop by the main office and request to look around.  Teachers will be in meetings and may not be able to meet with you outside of the Walk Your Schedule event.  You can always email teachers to share information about yourself or your child.  Email addresses are found on our website.

The Academy building is easy to navigate and I am confident that we can help you find your way on the first day of classes.  Use this map to help you orient. Academy Map FY2023

The Academy teachers will be making welcome videos over the weekend. As they complete their videos, I will be posting them on our webpage from the Academy YouTube Channel.  Last year’s videos will remain up until the new ones are produced.


Remember, Academy classes for begin on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 24. High School students will be following the 8-period schedule for bell times and shuttle buses. FY2023 Academy Bus and Bell Times

Middle school bus and bell times are easier than High school. FY2023 Middle School Bus and Bell Time Poster


Middle school students eat lunch at their middle schools.

High school students eat lunch at Central if they take Central classes in periods 3 and/or 5.  See the schedule for when your catch your bus to and from Central.

Every student served by DMPS will be able to eat school meals for free.  Scan your DMPS school ID or enter your 6-digit DMPS school ID number at the cashier’s station.  Sometimes students lose their ID or do not want to dig it out at lunch time.  TIP: if you take a photo of your ID on your phone, you can scan the photo. 

In order the the meal students choose to qualify for the free program it must meet these requirements. Some foods, like chips, rice crispy treats, and sugared drinks, cost extra. New this year: Student may purchase a slice of pizza for $1 with any free lunch (daily limit: 1 slice per person).

If you are getting a lunch at the Campus Cafeteria, you may request a disposable tray to bring your meal over to Academy to eat. We have increased our hallway and student lounge seating this year. Or you may use a red tray and eat in the Campus Cafeteria.

The CAMPUS CAFETERIA has been remodeled this year to include 4 lunch lines and additional seating.  Campus Lunch Map fy2023

  • Lines 1 and 2 have all of the menu choices.  Form one line and split when you get to the door.  Over the door is a screen that displays the menu options in each line.
  • Line 3 is the Quick Hot Lunch Line.  This line has only one of the hot lunch items plus pizza, so it should be quicker.  The screen over the corner cashier will list what item is being offered.
  • Line 4 is the Cold Lunch Line.  Salads, and other cold lunch items and pizza will be available in this line.


Students who attend a DMPS school will be issued a student laptop by their home schools.  They should bring their laptops fully charged to school every day.  They will be used in their Academy classes.

Out of district students who attend Academy will be checked out a student laptop by Academy.  Please email to set up a time to pick yours up.


With our new high school 8-period schedule, we have economized our bus routing so that we do not need as many buses at the same time. This should make finding your bus when you leave Central easier.  We have changed where buses will pick up students going back to their home schools.  Check out this NEW MAP to see where to catch your bus.  Bus Map FY2023


Just about everything you need to know about parking at Central is found at CENTRAL PARKING.  FY2023 Student Parking Rules  There is no cost for a parking tag.  And having a parking tag does not guarantee a parking space will be available.

The form for parking tags will be available when school starts in the Academy office and the front lobby at Campus.  We will not enforce parking tags during the sign-up period.

Remember, parking lot space is limited.  But nothing prevents you from parking on the street a block or two away on Ingersoll or just north of there.


Academy generally does not require any special supplies.  You’ll need your DMPS computer, paper, pens, pencils, and a way to stay organized.  Most other supplies are provided in your classes.  If your class requires special supplies, teachers will share that information at the Walk Your Schedule event or the first day of school.

English novels will be automatically charged to your Infinite Campus account.  Students who receive a textbook fee waiver will also have the fee for their English novels waived.  Those who qualify for a reduction of their textbook fees will be charged half price for their English novels.  Those who want to provide their own copies of the English Novels should notify Office Manager, Herkisha Burkett, to get their fees removed.  More information can be found HERE.


Our School Nurse is Jasmine Lester, 515-242-7779,  You can find her office behind the Campus main office. Map to Nurses Office

Stay well, friends! We are so looking forward to seeing you in person next week!

-Dr. Gogerty, Director of Advanced Learning

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