School News

Spring Plant Sale April 20 – June 2!


It’s the perfect time to stop by the Des Moines FFA Annual Spring Plant Sale starting Friday, April 20. Come see us at the largest student-run greenhouse in the nation: Central Campus Greenhouse & Nursery 201 SW County Line Road Des Moines, IA 50315 (next to McCombs Middle School) We have hanging baskets, bedding plants, … Read more »

Tascha Brown

Central Campus Welcomes New Director


Tascha Brown, currently School Improvement Leader at Roosevelt High School, will be the next director of Central Campus. She takes over for Aiddy Phomvisay, who left Central Campus to pursue graduate work full time. Click on the headline to read more about Brown, and the qualities that make her Central Campus material.

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Senior “Freshman” Brings Experience to Aviation Program


There are more than 1,500 seniors in Des Moines Public Schools poised to graduate later this month, but Richard Link is not among them, even though he’s 76 years old. He’s a freshman – in the Central Campus Aviation Technology Academy. Click on the headline to read more about his journey.

Smart and Stylish: the Central Campus Fashion Show


The creations are worthy of Vogue or Elle. It’s our most popular photo album of the year: the Central Campus Fashion Show!

Central Campus Throws Open Its Doors at Annual Block Party


It’s that time of year when we here at Central Campus display what we do best, teaching the bright young minds of youth today!

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Join Us for the 6th Annual Block Party


The 6th Annual Central Campus Block Party is planned for April 23-27, with an art show opening on Monday night, the open house on Tuesday night and the fashion show on Thursday night. Click on the headline to see the flyer with details about each of the events. Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

May 28
Memorial Day- No School
May 31
Last Day of 2017-2018 School Year
Jun 5
School Board Meeting
Jul 4
Independence Day
Jul 10
School Board Meeting
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 Monica Wilson Cross.


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.


Spring Semester dates are as follows:


May 10th


Come to Central Campus and enjoy these up-and-coming culinary artists!


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We appreciate reservations because that lets us know how much food to prepare each week.

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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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