School Details

Des Moines Central Campus High School

1800 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 242-7846

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Public Grades 7-12 Unknown students/teacher

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About this school

Des Moines Central Campus High School is a public high school in Des Moines. Gateway Secondary School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Crew

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Central Academy is an amazing environment that provides gifted and motivated students with a learning space where they are surrounded by only similarly gifted and enthusiastic peers. The teachers as a result are top notch and have years of experience teaching exclusively to the best students. Central Academy is everything that is right with the education system. Central Campus also provides many amazing opportunities.

  • (2 years ago)

    Central Academy is hands-down the best academic resource available to Iowa students. Because each students can and desires to achieve at a high level the school's learning environment is different from any other. Classes are more casual and discussion-based. Teachers have high expectations for their students and students expect nothing but excellence from their peers. Courses are extremely rigorous yet teachers are always willing to offer further explanation and answer questions. Central Academy prepares students well for college; 4s and 5s are typical AP exam scores and it is not uncommon for students to enter college with 40+ college credits. Nearly all Academy students enroll in a 4-year university and many attend Ivy League schools. Teachers are accessible friendly and often form personal relationships with students. The learning environment is supportive energetic creative fun and conducive to academic success. Students at Central are highly involved in extracurricular activities at their "home schools" yet also show dedication to academics. At Central it's "cool" to be smart to study and to ask questions. I cannot say enough about Central Academy and its students.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am an 8th grader @ Central Academy. This place is the bomb. Here I am academically challenged and can compete with my peers to learn more. The atmosphere is friendly and you have a lot of freedoms because the teachers have high expectations of their students. Here I learned good study skills and time management.

  • (5 years ago)

    i am a 7th grade prep student and its the absolute best school i've ever been to except for my home school.

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