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


JACS Names new Director of Schools

JACS Names new Director of Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -  Director of Schools named for Joplin Area Catholic Schools Contact: Fr. J. Friedel JOPLIN, MO (May 15, 2020) ­– Joplin Area Catholic Schools has hired School Sister of Notre Dame (Sr.) Julie Brandt, SSND, as its new Director of Schools. Her...

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Drive Thru, We Love You

Drive Thru, We Love You

St. Mary’s will be holding a “Drive-Thru, We Love You” event from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on the sidewalks of St. Mary’s on April 5, 2020.  This will be a fun afternoon to drive through the parking lot at St. Mary’s to wave and say hello to our faculty and staff from the...

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McAuley Catholic alum returns as teacher and coach

McAuley Catholic alum returns as teacher and coach

McAuley Catholic alum returns as teacher and coach JOPLIN, Mo. ­– Joplin Area Catholic Schools welcome back 2000 graduate Tony Witt. He will serve as the St. Peter’s Middle School’s science teacher and head boys’ basketball coach for McAuley Catholic High School...

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FBLA I Believe Scholarship recipient

FBLA I Believe Scholarship recipient

During the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America's state award presentation, Elizabeth Motazedi was awarded the I Believe Scholarship. She is the first McAuley Catholic High School student to receive this scholarship. The I Believe Scholarship is a group...

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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