School News

Going the Extra Mile to Help a Young Mother Earn Her Diploma


Try to imagine a household of eight ranging from infant to age 20. How would they manage? Impossible, right? Unless there was a heap of willingness to work hard coupled with a strong network of support.

Improving School Hours at DMPS, Please fill out Survey!


At Des Moines Public Schools, we are always looking at how we can do more to support our students, and help everyone succeed. An idea currently being considered is a change in the bell times – or school hours – that we have. The plan would flip the current hours, so elementary students begin the day earlier while middle and high school students would start a little later.

Central Campus student gives blood.

Education, Good Deeds Converge at Blood Drive


Getting a good education and doing good deeds converged yesterday in the Career Opportunities in Health program at Central Campus. Students in the programs worked with LifeServe to coordinate a blood drive at the school. A steady stream of donors took part in the drive. Nice job by the health students at Central! Click on the headline to read more.

Central Campus Cafe- We are back and better than ever!


Menu for October 26th is out! Fall dates are here!!! Emails will be sent out a week in advance containing that weeks menu and how to reserve your spot. We are coming up with new and creative menus for you this semester!
To receive menus sign up at :

Mike Rowe visits Central Campus for Skilled Trades Academy


As quoted from Mike Rowe, “Here in Des Moines and a few surrounding counties, there are nearly 3,000 openings that require the mastery of a skill that’s in demand. However, they’re doing something here that’s actually starting to work. Local businesses have helped fund The Skilled Trades Program within Central Campus – a high school … Read more »

$6 Million Renovation at Central Campus Almost Complete


Central Campus’ Skills Trade Academy is undergoing a $6 million upgrade that includes 25 welding stations and a new collision repair center. Just a small part of building up the Skilled Trades Academy! Sign up now for classes!

Upcoming Events

Feb 19
No School – Professional Development Day (Educator University)
Feb 20
School Board Meeting
Feb 27
ACT Testing for 11th Grade (no school for 9th, 10th, 12th grade)
Feb 28
11th Grade - No School
Mar 9
Spring Recess – No School
Central Students have the opportunity to earn college credit thanks to our unique partnerships with DMACC.

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Central Campus Café opens 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 10:50 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 or we also deliver within the Central Campus/Academy/Downtown buildings! This is especially useful for teachers or staff on lunch break.

Cafe is Closed until Spring Semester!

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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. Students can sign up by clicking here for the 18/19 school year at Central Campus.

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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!


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