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Congratulations to all of our students participating in the FCCLA National Leadership Conference this week in Washington DC!  In the awards  ceremony this morning, our Culinary and Entrepreneurship teams won silver medals, and our Chapter Service Project team won a gold! Culinary Arts: Lindsey Abuhl, North (graduated) /  Molly Reisman, Lincoln (senior) /  Shelby Sonderleiter, North … Read more »




Central Campus is proud and excited to introduce our new Assistant Director! Aiddy Phomvisay (pronounced ah-dee, poem-v-sigh) is honored to join the Central Campus and Des Moines Public school family. Having spent the last 4 years as the principal at Marshalltown High school, we know Mr. Phomvisay will bring with him a wealth of experience and … Read more »


High Schoolers Help Advance Brain Research


Students from Central Campus are helping researchers at Des Moines University study the brain. The Spring 2015 issue of DMU Magazine features a story about how DMPS high schoolers are working with professor Muhammad Spocter in his graduate-level neuroanatomy class and assisting with his canine brain studies. Click the photo to read more about another exciting STEM opportunity for DMPS students.


Central Campus Students Earn Industry Software Certification


A First for DMPS Students Des Moines, IA – May 29, 2015 – Recently, students in the Computer Aided Design program and PLTW: Civil Engineering & Architecture were given the opportunity to take the Autodesk Certified User Exam, with the first successful certifications earned by Central Campus CAD student and Hoover High Senior Jamie Malone, … Read more »


ECC CDA Certificate Received


Another accomplishment to Early Childhood Careers Students at Central Campus occurred. Followed by last year’s honor, having been the first two high school students to earn CDA credentials from this program in Iowa, these two students, Haley Haskell from Hoover and Jennifer Lozano from East, became the third and fourth to be awarded the National Child Development Associate … Read more »


School Board Recognition


This week our students were recognized by the Des Moines Public School Board. Students from, Broadcasting and Film, taught by Tim Rice and Kirk Johnson, were recognized for receiving multiple awards.             Students from Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management, taught by Chef John Andres, were recognized for their proficiency in the Skills … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Aug 26
First day of school 2015-2016
Sep 7
Labor Day – No school
Oct 23
No school – Teacher EQ Development
Central Students have the opportunity to earn college credit thanks to our unique partnerships with DMACC.

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A revised Central Campus catalogue is being created! Until it is available please review our previous Central Campus Catalogue here! Feel free to contact our office at 242-2846 for any information you may need.



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!


During the school year, Campus Café is operated 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:

Stay posted! We will be sharing the new Café calendar dates and menu’s here!


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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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