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

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

News

Alumni Update: Jake Freitas ’17

Alumni Update: Jake Freitas ’17

For Jacob "Jake" Freitas ’17 the Catholic school education he received at McAuley provided the foundation for a college experience that changed his life and he hopes to change the lives of others. Jake met a FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students)...

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21-22 School Supply List: St. Mary’s

21-22 School Supply List: St. Mary’s

Download your copy of the St. Mary's Elementary School Supply List. This is for families in Preschool classes (Early Learners, Advanced Learners, Pre-Kindergarten) as well as our Kindergarten through 5th graders. Print: St. Mary's School Supply List

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St. Peter’s School Supply List 21-22

St. Peter’s School Supply List 21-22

Download your copy of the St. Peter's Middle School Supply List for the 2021-2022 school year. This is for families and students in 6th-8th grades. Print and download: St. Peter's School Supply List    

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McAuley Dress Code Updates for 21-22

McAuley Dress Code Updates for 21-22

All students enrolled in the Joplin Area Catholic Schools will conform to the school dress code. The purpose of a dress code is to promote unity and Catholic identity through appropriate attire in the schools and pride in one's personal appearance. Students are...

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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