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 and continuing through 12th grade.

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


Celebration of Schools

Celebration of Schools

Six faculty members from the Joplin Area Catholic Schools were recognized as 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year Recipients at the Celebration of Schools held at MSSU on Oct. 29.  Senator Bill White and State Representative Bob Bromley took a picture with recipients Emily...

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Cup Stacking

Cup Stacking

St. Mary’s Elementary students participated in a Stack Up! event on November 14 to help set a new Guinness World Record for the longest continuous cup stacking event in multiple locations in a 24 hour period. Elementary students in Mrs. Margie Black’s PE classes...

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Flu Shots Available

Flu Shots Available

Students at St. Peter's Middle School and McAuley Catholic High School can receive their flu shot. Fill out the attached, and return it to the school office. If you include your health insurance information, then the flu shot will be filed under insurance. If you...

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JACS Honors Veterans

JACS Honors Veterans

St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary is hosting a Veterans Drive-Thru Thank You from 7:30 -8:30 a.m. Students will serve coffee and donuts curbside as veterans pull up in St. Mary Church’s circle drive - 3035 S. Central City Rd. St. Peter’s and McAuley will host a short...

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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