School News



Please join us in recognizing and honoring the contributions of our business partners to build our new Skilled Trades classroom on the 5th floor!   Tuesday November 20th 4:30-6pm Food and Drink provided

Enrollment for 2019-2020 is Open!


Now is the time to enroll for Central Campus Classes if you have never attended here! We have added new classes for next year as well!

Two DMPS Seniors to Represent Iowa at NCYL Conference


Of the four students who will represent Iowa at the National Council on Youth Leadership conference in St. Louis next month, two are from Des Moines Public Schools as well as from Central Campus and Central Academy!

Juneteenth Honors Lang, Rollins for Empowering Students!


A big congratulations to teachers Emily Lang and Kristopher Rollins on being presented with Mary McCleod Bethune Award by Iowa Juneteenth, recognizing their work to empower students in Des Moines.

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.

Upcoming Events

Nov 20
School Board Meeting
Nov 21
No School
Nov 22
Thanksgiving Break – No School
Dec 11
School Board Meeting
Dec 24
Winter Break – 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 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.

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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.

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