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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

Joplin Area Catholic Schools provide an outstanding academic and Christ-centered educational foundation that forms our present students of today into remarkable servant-leaders of tomorrow.

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

News

2022 Educator of the Year

2022 Educator of the Year

The Joplin Area Catholic School System would like to recognize annually an educator who: is a full-time, certified teacher and has completed a minimum of two years teaching in JACS. exhibits the ability to form positive relationships with students, parents, and staff....

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St. Mary’s Picture Day

St. Mary’s Picture Day

St. Mary's Elementary School, Picture Days are: Monday, Sep 19 Tuesday, Sep 20   This event's Order Code is 72455EF.   Online ordering is available before and after Picture Day. Shipping and handling charges may apply to orders placed after Picture...

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Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin Carving

McAuley and St. Peters Pumpkin Carving Contest Oct 24—27 Carve, Decorate or paint any size pumpkin. Bring to the MPR on October 24 Voting during lunch Bring 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢ and $1 We will announce the winners at the end of the day on October 27. Big prizes to...

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Fall Sport Accolades

Fall Sport Accolades

Cross Country Our HS boys team won the Ozark 7 Conference Championship for the 1st time ever! Our HS girls competed as a team for the 1st time in a long time, if not the 1st time ever and took 2nd place. Our MS boys took 2nd place and our MS girls received 1st place!...

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JACS Business Office
930 South Pearl Avenue
Joplin, MO 64801
417-624-5003

St. Mary's Elementary School
3025 South Central City Road
Joplin, MO 64804
417-623-1465

St. Peter's Middle School
931 South Byers Avenue
Joplin, MO 64801
417-624-5605

McAuley Catholic High School
930 South Pearl Avenue
Joplin, MO 64801
417-624-9320