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Joplin Area Catholic Schools

A pillar in the Joplin community, the Joplin Area Catholic School System (JACS) was founded in 1885 – 12 years after the city was incorporated – by the Sisters of Mercy. Shortly after the Sisters of Mercy arrived in Joplin they established a school and the first hospital in Joplin – now Mercy Hospital Joplin.

A Full Education in a Faith Based School

Since the initial school was founded by the Sisters of Mercy, our system has grown and now includes St. Mary’s Elementary School, St. Peter’s Middle School and McAuley Catholic High School, which are faith based schools serving the Joplin area. We begin offering educational services for children beginning at age 2 with Early Learners at St. Mary’s Early Childhood and continuing through grade 12 at McAuley Catholic. We educate students from across the Four State area with students from Joplin, MO; Carl Junction, MO; Carthage, MO; Columbus, KS; Chetopa, KS; Neosho, MO; Pierce City, MO; Webb City, MO to name a few. 

Students who graduate from McAuley Catholic go on to attend a military academy, a four-year university,  trade school, and religious continued education. Graduates have pursued careers as attorneys, artists, CEOs, counselors, doctors, educators, political figures and more. 

To ensure the development of each child, we educate the whole child: The heart, mind, body and soul.

Our Mission

Joplin Area Catholic Schools provide an outstanding academic and Christ-centered educational foundation that forms our present students of today into remarkable servant-leaders of tomorrow.

I am thankful for the school (teachers and students) helping me reach my potential. I would not be where I am today if my parents had not sacrificed to send me to St Mary’s, St. Peter’s and McAuley.

Judge Greg Stremel

1972 alum and parent

A Catholic education doesn’t settle for just preparing young people to succeed in college or to secure a career that provides a good living.  Catholic schools partner with parents and the community in the formation of young people, nurturing a love of wisdom, the power of critical thinking, and the integration of moral development into learning.
Tracy Borgmeyer

Parent of alum

One family

One community

Since 1885

News

2022 Educator of the Year

2022 Educator of the Year

The Joplin Area Catholic School System would like to recognize annually an educator who: is a full-time, certified teacher and has completed a minimum of two years teaching in JACS. exhibits the ability to form positive relationships with students, parents, and staff....

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Catholic Schools Week: St. Mary’s

Catholic Schools Week: St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s Catholic Schools Week 2023 Hearts Afire with Love Love overcomes, love delights, those who love the Sacred Hearts rejoice Sunday, January 29: Our Love for our Parishes Faith Event: Attending Mass with our family Students wear school uniforms to Mass,...

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CSW: Middle School and High School

CSW: Middle School and High School

Catholic Schools Week: McAuley Catholic and St. Peter's Middle School Monday: Celebrating Communities and the Nation - Ours students are making cards for our first responders and military. Tuesday: Celebrating Faculty and Staff -Our teachers will have lunch provided...

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Revised 1/31: Mercy-Warrior Classic

Revised 1/31: Mercy-Warrior Classic

Game update for 1/31: We will have three games tonight: 4:00 pm: Aurora vs McAuley - girls at McAuley Catholic 5:30 pm: CH vs TJ - girls at McAuley Catholic 7:00 pm: CH vs McAuley - boys at McAuley Catholic On the girls side, Lamar will automatically move to the...

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JACS Business Office
930 South Pearl Avenue
Joplin, MO 64801
417-624-5003

St. Mary's Elementary School
3025 South Central City Road
Joplin, MO 64804
417-623-1465

St. Peter's Middle School
931 South Byers Avenue
Joplin, MO 64801
417-624-5605

McAuley Catholic High School
930 South Pearl Avenue
Joplin, MO 64801
417-624-9320