7th Grade Prep Academy

The 7th grade Prep Academy prepares young people who are part of our community’s under-represented populations for accelerated learning at Central Academy. The curriculum is concentrated in reading, English, and mathematics.

Students will be invited to attend the half day preparatory program at Central Academy using the following criteria:

  • Students must be performing at the 80th percentile or higher on the Iowa Assessment Tests or on a comparable nationally normed test in reading. Other major sub-test percentile scores should also be in the 80’s (as a minimum standard).
  • Students must either be a member of a nationally recognized underrepresented group in gifted education or be enrolled in a high poverty middle school.
  • School recommendation that the student’s academic needs could be best met at the Prep Academy.
  • Parent permission.
  • Student performance on the Cognitive Abilities Test, or Naglieri Non-Verbal Aptitude Test will also be considered.
  • Students need to be ready for Accelerated Math, year 2.

Participation in the Prep Academy does not guarantee admission to Central Academy as an 8th grader. Prep Academy students must meet the same criteria for entrance as other incoming 8th grade students.

Prep Academy Advisor: Denis Hildreth denis.hildreth@dmschools.org