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

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

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




Each year, during Catholic Schools' Week, the Joplin Area Catholic Schools recognizes the Benefactor of the Year and the Outstanding Educator of the Year for above and beyond service to the JACS community as well as in the classroom. Nominate today: Benefactor of the...

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St. Mary’s Trunk or Treat

St. Mary’s Trunk or Treat

Thursday October 24, 2019 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. St. Mary’s School Parking Lot 3025 South Central City Road Joplin, Mo 64804   There will be: Food Games Face Painting And of Course Trunk or Treating! Free to attend and Trunk or Treat with minimal cost for food and...

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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