News
June 28th, 2018

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.


June 27th, 2018

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.


May 23rd, 2018

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 »


May 9th, 2018

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!


May 7th, 2018

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 »


April 10th, 2018

Each Central Academy Department had the daunting challenge of selecting just one senior to receive a special commendation for their work in their discipline. Click the headline to find links to the speeches about each of the seniors selected for 2018.


April 9th, 2018

Robert Nishimwe was elected to be the Senior Speaker for 2018.  Known for his incredible accomplishments, compassion, and activism, Robert said, “I ask that we become more conscious of how our language, actions, and beliefs impact others.” Robert started at Central Academy in the 7th grade as a member of the Prep Academy and has … Read more »


April 8th, 2018

Aaron Choi taught himself hip-hop from watching YouTube videos growing up, but when he realized that videos could only take him so far, he decided that he wanted to venture out and learn about all types of dance forms and Des Moines Public Schools helped him make this new found passion a reality. Click the headline to watch a recent video of his work


April 8th, 2018

Dezell Turner, East High, was selected as the FY2018 Senior Scholar by his peers at Central Academy. To get an idea about Dezell, check out the video he created for his MIT application by clicking the headline and then clicking the link, “Etch-a-Sketch Calculus”.


April 5th, 2018

Congratulations to juniors Natalie Chartier, Ben Wonderlin, and Cammy Primeau for earning perfect scores on the ACT exam taken in February! Click the headline to read the District story about them.