Alumni Network Raising Funds for Citizenship and DACA Fees for College Applicants

“I come from a family of only one high school graduate out of 8 brothers and sisters... I believe the college application process is hard enough and having to think about how your legal status will affect your college decision is the last thing any prospective college student should be worried aboutBecause the staff at Central Academy provided me with financial, moral, and legal support I was able to become a citizen. (Luis Martinez, recent CA alum)

Luis’s story, although remarkable, is not unique.  The Central Academy Alumni Network is raising funds specifically targeted at the ~$700 filing fee and additional legal costs required in the college application process for students like Luis.  To read Luis’s full story and find out how the Central Academy Alumni Network can help, click HERE

CA Alumni Network Helps Fund Spain & Morocco Trip

CA Alumni Network helped fund a cultural immersion trip to Spain & Morocco for 19 CA students. Check out their exciting recap and PHOTOS! Thanks for your generous donations to support the Academy!

Central Academy Spring Break Recap

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The Iowan Project Launched!

Iowa and Central expats – add your info to The Iowan Project to connect with fellow Iowans throughout the world! Or just move back to DSM!

Project was launched at SXSW on Sunday

Tribute to Gordy Burstein

One of the founders of Central Academy, Gordon ‘Gordy’ Burstein passed away on January 1, 2015. He was a driving force behind the Academy through his vision, boldness, tenacity and love.  He helped lead the Academy until his retirement in 2000.


The National Journal profiled Des Moines as a hot destination for young professionals.  The article highlight the tech startup scene, the DSM Social Club, and job opportunities for recent grads.  Read the full article HERE.

Central Grads and Teachers Come Out in Full Force for Reunion

We had a fantastic turnout  at the alumni reunion in Des Moines!!! Thanks to all who attended.  Check out the ALUMNI REUNION PHOTOS

DSM Register Covers the Upcoming Reunion

Check out the Register’s great article on the upcoming alumni reunion

We are having a party…Mark your calendars for Saturday August 9th

Attention all CA alumni, teachers, etc! See detailed information in photos below about how to RSVP to the “30 Years of Central Academy” alumni reunion!PLEASE RSVP BY JULY 15TH so we can get an accurate count for dinner in one of the two ways detailed below.

Washington Post: Iowa Rules!

The Washington Post shined some positive light on the state of Iowa today, listing 12 reasons why Iowa rules.  Great to see our home state getting national attention beyond politics.  World class education is key to Iowa’s bright present and future.  Read the full article HERE

Iowa: Field of Dreams for Young Professionals

More economic accolades for our home state. Fortune Magazine named Iowa the #5 best state for young job hunters. The article cites low unemployment, tech investment, and the low cost of living as positive indicators for young professionals. Check out the full article HERE!