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October 30, 2018


Click this link for an executive summary of the webinar Scoring by Target:  Scoring by target Summary

Learn more about how we are working to be more precise in reporting what students know and are able to do. [VIDEO]

Here are some shortcuts to segments within the Scoring by Target Webinar:

October 5, 2018

High School credit for 8th graders!  Learn more about your choice for how the credit appears on the high school transcript: [VIDEO]

The online form for making your choice is

September 16, 2018

Learn more about how we provide multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning at Academy. [VIDEO]

Here are some shortcuts to the departmental segments:







August 31, 2018

Learn more about how to get lunch at Central with this 11 minute [VIDEO].

August 22, 2018

DMPS A B Day Calendar FY2019

Academy Parent Information FY2019

Academy Information Fy2019

If your schedule only says “Lock Out” watch this 2 min [VIDEO to see your Academy schedule with course numbers and room numbers.

Reading the 8th grade Schedule can be confusing.  Watch this 5min [VIDEO] to get answers to the most commonly asked questions!

August 16, 2018

Miss the Parent meeting before school started? Check out this 30-minuter [VIDEO] to hear about the Successful Academic Behaviors we are cultivating in students this year.

September 12, 2017

Bringing Awareness to Mental Health of Gifted Adolescents:

DMACC Associates’ Degrees for High School Students:

August 22, 2017

Academy Orientation FY2018

FY2018 School Startup Information

Student Password Reset instructions

SOS sheet for 7 8 and 9th graders

August 15, 2017

2017.8 Developing Resiliency

December 13, 2016

IB Informational Packet

Early College Opportunity available at University of Iowa:  Academy NCECEP

Champions of Change Reunion

September 13, 2016

State of the School FY2017

August 16, 2016

Click this link for the most recent Bus schedule (note: there is generally a 20 minute window assigned to load and unload as well as travel between home school and Central. Times are approximate but generally accurate):  Bus Schedule FY2017 updated 8.25.2016

Click this link for answers to Frequently Asked Parent Questions: Academy Information Fy2017

Click this link for Bus and Parking Maps:  Bus and Parking Maps

Click this link for the Central Bell times:  Central Bell Schedules FY2017

Click this link for DMPS School Days Calendar: 2016-2017-Regular-School-Calendar-

Click this link for the A-Day/ B-Day Calendar for DMPS High Schools: AB CALENDAR 16-17

Click this link for the Presentation (including lunch information): Academy Orientation FY2017

Click this link for New Student Tips: SOS sheet for 7 8 and 9th graders

Click this link for information on college preparation and readiness:

January 12, 2016

ESSA and Gifted:  How the new law (Every Student Succeeds Act- replacing No Child Left Behind) impacts gifted education.  Presented by our GT Consultant: Stephanie Davis.

IB Diploma Programme:  We are now accepting applications for next year’s junior cohort.  Please contact for more information or questions!

8th Grade High School Credit Options:  Every 8th graders who earns an A or B for the semester will automatically get high school credit for the class.  However, if parents request it, we can also give credit for a C or not give credit for a B.  This document explains the pros and cons for either decision.  Parents have 2 weeks after grades come out to decide if they want us to change the automatic process for their child.  8th Grade Credit

AP Exam Registration: Students who are taking AP classes (usually 9 – 12 grade students) may start to register for the AP Exams on January 19.  See the attached document that explains how AP Exam registration works for DMPS students.  Out of District students who attend Academy classes order and pay for their AP Exams in the Central Academy office.  AP EXAM ORDERING

November 10, 2015

Scheduling for 2016-17 describing how students select courses at Academy. Scheduling Process

Assessment Alphabet Soup describing external assessments and opportunities.  Assessment Alphabet Soup

September 22, 2015

There were 3 presentations:

State of the School describing our improvement plan. State of the School FY2016

Workload Overload with suggestions for supporting students experiencing compacted and accelerated curricula for the first time. Click here.

Preparing for IB Diploma Programme describing pathways into the IB DP.  Preparing for IB Diploma Programme

May 12, 2015

There were two presentations about preparing for transitions:

1) For 7th – 10th graders, Ms. Davis, GT Consultant, prepared Navigating High School and College Credits to explain how credits earned at Academy move students towards graduation, how to build your high school schedule and how DMACC, IB and AP courses earn college credit.

2) For 10th- 11th graders, Ms. Gogerty, Director, presented information from our counseling office on college application planning and preparation.  Handouts can be found here and on the Counseling tab.  An update on class rank in DMPS was also shared. Central Academy College Guide,  Parent Brag Sheet and Student Resume Builder, DMPS Class Rank Update  The College Guide was written by students, for students but it contain a lot of good advice.  The Parent Brag Sheet is used by Ms. Hilton to write letters of recommendation (most applications require a letter of recommendation from the school counselor).  Getting this submitted to her earlier helps her write unique recommendations for students and match them to opportunities that she discovers.  The Student Resume Builder is a good place to start both the application essay and to develop a resume to give to teachers when you ask them to write letters of recommendations.  Asking teachers as early as possible to write you a letter of recommendation and giving them a resume helps the teacher a lot!

 March 24, 2015

Eighth Grade Academy Introduction

8th Grade Academy Orientation


8th graders who earn A’s and B’s will automatically get High School credit and start their high school GPA.  But parents elect for their child to receive credit or not regardless of the student’s grade.  Notify in writing by January 30, 2015 to change the high school credit options.  Parents can decide after they know the child’s semester grade.  Use this document to help you weigh your choices.

8th Grade High School Credit Options

AP Exam ordering starts January 16.  All exam ordering and payment takes place at the home high school, except for out of district Academy student and middle school students taking AP courses at Academy. Out of District and middle school students order and pay for exams in the Academy Main Office.

Test locations can also be confusing.  Most AP tests are given in the five comprehensive high schools (East, Hoover, Lincoln, North and Roosevelt)  even if the student takes the AP class at Academy.  There are exceptions, however.  See the attached document for a comprehensive list of exams dates, times and locations as well as details for ordering and paying for exams.


Myths about Giftedness was presented by Ed Pilkington, DMPS GT Supervisor and Stephanie Davis, Academy GT consultant. Parents of Gifted Children

IB Diploma Programme information was presented by Click these links for handouts:  IB DP Application 2015, IB DP Curriculum Overview 13Jan2015, Learner Profile_IBO_2013 color, Preparing for IB DP


Developing Resiliency in Teens

Seek out Sylvia Rimm, Child Psychologist and author on  Two recommended titles are:

Rimm 2 Rimm 1


Click HERE for Academy Improvement Plan