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

The Joplin Area Catholic Schools System provides students a strong academic and Catholic faith foundation. Our goal is to teach young people to integrate Christian values into all aspects of life.

We provide students with educational and social skills needed to be active, productive members of the community and Church.

We endeavor to graduate young adults who are effective witnesses to the presence of Christ in the world.

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


JACS Question and Answer Session

JACS Question and Answer Session

All parents and guardians of JACS' students are welcome to attend a question & answer session with Director, Sr. Julie Brandt and Principals, Dr. Emily Yoakam and Mrs. Joanne Lown. Join us on Wednesday, January 13th from 7:00pm to 8:15pm in the McAuley gym. Sr....

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Discover the Magic of Catholic Schools

St. Mary's Catholic Schools Week 2021 Discover the Magic of Catholic Schools Download the PDF of events or view them below. Sunday: Celebrating our Parishes JACS faculty members speak at weekend Masses- St. Mary’s Faculty to speak at St. Mary’s weekend Masses Mary’s...

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McAuley and St. Peter Spirit Weeks

Monday, Dec. 7 "Pajama Day” It is the beginning of the week; we don’t need any drama. Come to school dressed in your warm pajamas! *Students can wear appropriate and conservative pajamas to school. Appropriate attire includes pajama bottoms and sweatpants. All...

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Mercy/Warrior Classic

Download the schedule of games Orders for the official T-Shirt of the Warrior Classic are happening now! Long sleeve and short sleeve will be available to pre order. You can turn in your form with your money anytime BEFORE January 28th.  Order Forms are available in...

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JACS Business Office
930 South Pearl Avenue
Joplin, MO 64801

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

St. Peter's Middle School
931 South Byers Avenue
Joplin, MO 64801

McAuley Catholic High School
930 South Pearl Avenue
Joplin, MO 64801