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 High School, which are faith based schools serving the Joplin area. 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. We begin offering educational services for children beginning at age 2 with Early Learners and continuing through grade 12.

Our students have graduated from McAuley Catholic to attend the military academies, four year universities, trade schools, 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


Return to School Guidance – August 2020

Please see the JACS Return to School Guidance PDF for details on how students at St. Mary's Catholic Elementary School, St. Peter's Catholic Middle School and McAuley Catholic High School will return to school for the 2020-2021 school year. Pope Francis’ Prayer for...

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20-21 St. Peter’s School Supply List

20-21 St. Peter’s School Supply List

Download a copy of the 2020-21 St. Peter's School Supply List to purchase supplies for your child for the school year. 2020-21 School Supply List St. Peter’s Middle School 8th Grade Earphones or Ear buds 3-5 packages of travel size Kleenex 3 travel size hand...

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McAuley Catholic Sports Banquet Awards

Sports Banquet Awards 2020 Although several times weren't able to compete in the Spring 2020, we wanted to recognize our athletes who competed and played for McAuley Catholic in the 2019-2020 school year. Cross Country Female Runner: Abi Street Male Runner: Connor...

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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