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Summer Back-To-School Newsletter


Later this week, the Central Campus Summer Back-To-School Newsletter will be mailed to students’ families for the 2016-2017 school year. However, if you can’t wait – you can download the PDF now.


Summer Spelunking – A Summer Blast for Instructor Cain


College Anatomy and Physiology instructor Kacia Cain has spent her past two summers digging deep into the past for DNA as a volunteer for a team from Des Moines University – 85 feet deep in a cave in Wyoming. The Billings Gazette profiles Cain and her experiences.


IPR interview: Students Will Repaint Mural


RunDSM has reached agreement with the city to re-paint the graffiti mural. “The word graffiti carries a negative connotation, but it’s simply a style of art. We view this as a way for students to have a safe and legal space to practice their craft,” notes Emily Lang, co-founder of RunDSM. During this Talk of Iowa interview, host Charity Nebbe talks with Lang and her co-founder Kristopher Rollins.

Central Campus Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management Academy earns Advance CTE's 2016 Excellence in Action Award for Hospitality & Tourism Career Cluster

Culinary Arts nationally recognized with Excellence in Action Award


Des Moines Schools’ Central Campus Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management Academy was awarded the prestigious Excellence in Action award, which recognizes innovative and impactful Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study across the nation. Central Campus was one of eleven programs selected as an “Excellence in Action” award winner, based on its uniquely innovative and … Read more »

Ashley Gonzalez and Lorena Lopez, both from Hoover High School, earn their Child Development Associate Credentials. With them are Pam Mahoney from Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children and Central Campus ECC Instructor Younghee Steenhoek.

Young leaders get a jump start on their degrees in Early Childhood Careers


This is the third year students enrolled in Central Campus Early Childhood Careers program earned national credentials, Child Development Associate. The CDA Credential, an industry standard in the early childhood education field, was opened up as an option for high school students in 2011. It takes a strong commitment to the rigorous nature of the … Read more »


Iowa Dep’t of Ed spotlights nationally awarded Culinary Arts program


“The Des Moines Central Campus, with its strong connection to academics, alignment with industry standards, and meaningful, work-based experiences, is the model one thinks of when describing high-quality career and technical education,” Pradeep Kotamraju, career and technical education (CTE) bureau chief, said. Read further

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Oct 13
Parent Conferences
Oct 18
Parent Conferences
Oct 28
End of 1st Quarter Grading
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Central Students have the opportunity to earn college credit thanks to our unique partnerships with DMACC.

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Skilled Trades Academy Central Campus is committed to being adaptive to an ever-changing landscape of lifelong, successful careers. As part of that commitment, we are creating stronger partnerships with community and industry leaders in commercial and new home construction. National forecasts show many great opportunities over the next decade or two and beyond is in the field of skilled trades. Learn more about our vision for a Skilled Trades Academy in central Iowa.

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During our school year-be sure to 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 while classes are in session by the Central Campus Culinary Arts students under the direction of Chef John Andres. Enjoy great food and service while experiencing a beautiful view of downtown Des Moines. Lunch is served from 10:55 AM to 12:30 PM on specific dates throughout the year. Come to Central Campus and enjoy these up-and-coming culinary artists! To “sign up” to receive the menu, please email:

We appreciate reservations because that lets us know how much food to prepare each week. If you are in a hurry, you can also pre-order your lunch so that we have it ready upon your arrival. This is especially useful for teachers in a hurry on lunch break. We will also deliver within the Central Campus/Academy buildings! Like us on Facebook at

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