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

Trunk or Treat: Sacred Heart

Trunk or Treat: Sacred Heart

4th Annual Sacred Heart Trunk or Treat October 23, 2021 6:30-9 p.m. 909 N. Madison Ave - Webb City, MO Kids of all ages are invited to wear a costume or come as you are. Enjoy a chili dinner & Trick or Treat from trunk to trunk. Trunk decorating contest and a kids...

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Trunk or Treat: St. Mary’s

Trunk or Treat: St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s Trunk or Treat Thursday, October 29 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Mary’s Catholic School parking lot at 3025 S. Central City Rd. In addition to trunk or treating, there will be lots of games and activities for everyone! Trunk or Treat is hosted by our...

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8th Grade Jamboree

8th Grade Jamboree

The volleyball jamboree, originally scheduled at Columbus this Saturday, has been moved to Southeast High School in Cherokee, KS. The times are the same. I below is an informational letter from the school district, along with the schedule. The address to the high...

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Fall Play: Tinker Bell

Fall Play: Tinker Bell

McAuley Catholic High School theatre class presents “Tinker Bell” by Patrick Flynn on November 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the McAuley MPR, all tickets are $5 and it’s open to any age, bring your kids! Everyone thinks they know Peter Pan. But until you have heard Tinker...

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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