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. The sisters established a school in Joplin and the first hospital in Joplin – now Mercy Hospital Joplin.

 A Full Education

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.

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

Attending the JACS system gave me the opportunity to excel…prepare myself for university level education … grow closer to Christ as an adult … and give back to my community.

Nathan Teeter

2015 alum

One family

One community

Since 1885


Sr. Eleanor Castle

Sr. Eleanor Castle

Sister Mary Eleanor Castle, RSM, 87, died Monday, July 22, 2019 at Mercy Villa Care Center in Omaha, NE.  Sister was a teacher and principal at St. Mary’s Elementary School in 1971-1978.  She was dedicated to teaching and taught in many places.  After being in...

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St. Peter’s Student Calendar 2019-2020

St. Peter’s Student Calendar 2019-2020

Download the 2019 STUCO Calendar here. “What’s Coming Up” Aug: Pool Party: Millennium 7:00—9:00 Sept: Back To School Mixer Oct: Red Ribbon Week 10/23—10/31 Halloween Mixer Nov: Turkey Costume Contest 11/18-11/25 Dec: Secret Santa 12/16—12/20 Christmas Mixer 12/20 Jan:...

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McAuley’s FBLA receives national honors

McAuley’s FBLA receives national honors

McAuley Catholic High School sent 19 students to the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference from June 29-July 2. These students competed in various events at the National Leadership Conference. Our Public Service Announcement...

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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