School News


Central Now Fits in the Palm of Your Hand


The new DMPS mobile app is designed to provide up-to-date and helpful information about the school district and all schools right in the palm of your hand. Now you can connect with Central Campus and every school in Des Moines from anywhere and everywhere. Click the photo to learn more about the app and download to your Apple or Android smartphone.

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Central Campus Student Honored for Radio Work


Hoover High School graduate, Michael Turner, was selected as a TOP 5 nominee in the 60 Second Original Promo category for his entry entitled “Hip Hop Hour.” His promo was screened in Chicago by a panel of judges and he was awarded with a $1000 scholarship to North Central College. Five of his classmates also made the trip. Click the image to read more.


Central Academy Top AP Program in Iowa


Central Academy is once again ranked as the top Advanced Placement program in Iowa, according to the Iowa AP Index issued by the University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center. And for the 2nd time ever, all five DMPS high schools are ranked on the AP Index. Click the headline to read more about our success.


Central Campus Students Honored


More than 200 Central Campus students were honored for their work this year at a rally in the auditorium. The students were recognized for accomplishments in their field of study, completing the full academic program and for outstanding and consistent achievement. Congratulations to everyone!


Central History Students Qualify for Nationals


Two Central Academy students – Elena Hildebrandt and Jack Wahlig – have qualified for the National History Day competition, to be held next month in College Park, MD. Three other Central students – Addison Williamson, Lily Colvig and Ingrid Messsersmith-Holth – were selected as alternates. Click the headline to read more about National History Day.

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Fashion Center Stage at Central Campus


More than 2,000 people turned out for the 2014 Central Campus Fashion Show, making it one of the most popular events on campus. The collaboration between school departments culminated in a spectacle that a Des Moines Register photographer described as, “Very impressive.” And it was. Click on the headline to see and read more.

Upcoming Events

Central Students have the opportunity to earn college credit thanks to our unique partnerships with DMACC.

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The Central Catalog is now available for viewing to plan for your 2014 – 2015 school year.  Download now!



Tune in weekdays to KDPS 88.1FM for 5200 watts of musical variety and news from live high school DJ’s. You can also listen online by visiting and typing KDPS in the search box. School never sounded so good!


Campus Café is operated by the Central Campus Culinary Arts students. You will experience great food, a beautiful view of downtown Des Moines and excellent service from Culinary students! Lunch is served from 10:55 AM to 12:30 PM. To make reservations please email
To download a copy of the menu, please click here.


From aviation technology to marine biology to fashion design and more, Central Campus is hope to a wide array of educational opportunities and career programs for students in the Des Moines metro. Click here to view our Central Campus Marketing Video.

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