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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

Totus Tuus: Carthage

Totus Tuus: Carthage

Totus Tuus is coming to St. Ann's Catholic Parish in Carthage, June 19 to 24th. For more information, or to register your children, please contact Heidi Gilligan 417-388-2365 or heidi.gilligan@sbcglobal.net or https://dioscg.org/totustuus. Download a 2022 Program...

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22-23 School Supply List: St. Mary’s

22-23 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...

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Musicians Achieve Honors

Musicians Achieve Honors

Band students from St. Peter's Catholic Middle School and Stalling Music Studio students recently participated in the Mid-America Music Festival at Pittsburg State University on Saturday, April 23. The students entered 12 solos and two ensembles. The students were...

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Cinnamon Rolls Fundraisers for March Madness

Cinnamon Rolls Fundraisers for March Madness

ORDERS DUE BY 3-18-22 (Prom fundraiser for Juniors) 6 cinnamon rolls for $8 ______ A dozen cinnamon rolls for $15______ 2 dozen cinnamon rolls for $25______ Questions? Call Darbi Stancell at (417) 825-9478 (cinnamon rolls will be made and picked up on March 26th from...

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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