A Unique Private School in Springfield MO
K – 8th Grade (& beyond)

St. Joseph Catholic Academy in Springfield, Missouri, offers education for the whole child: mind, body, and soul.

Looking for the best private in Springfield MO?

You want the best for your children – and that includes the quality of their education, the strength of their faith, and their relationships with friends. St. Joseph Catholic Academy is an affordable Catholic school offering challenging academics in a positive Christian environment.

An affordable private school with high academic standards

Core subjects

  • Math
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Language arts

We also offer

  • Religion
  • Spanish
  • Art
  • PE
  • Music
  • Band
  • Student council
  • Sports

Fully accredited & equipped for success

Your child will access up-to-date curriculum and technology.

  • St. Joseph Catholic Academy and our teachers are fully accredited and reviewed by the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE).
  • Kindergarten through 2nd grade use tablets for part of their learning.
  • Older have access to Chromebooks in class but don’t take them home (unless the parents request it).

A private school for everyone

We have a very diverse group of students here at St. Joseph Academy. We welcome people from all cultures, economic situations, and religions.

Smaller classes, personalized education

Another great thing about St. Joseph Catholic Academy is our smaller class sizes. Our class sizes range from 6 to 17 students in a classroom, depending on the grade level. We are growing, but the maximum population of the school is about 100 students. 

Many parents are looking for a smaller atmosphere. They are looking for smaller classrooms where kids will get individual attention. Some children struggle with academics, so they look for alternatives. We meet those needs here.

We keep our class sizes small, so your students will get the academic support to excel in school. 

Your student won’t get lost in the crowd. We take the time to make sure each child gets the attention he or she needs. We focus on the whole child, to help them grow academically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Positive Christian Culture

Our students tell us that everyone at St. Joseph Catholic Academy feels like a friend. They care about each other. 

We don’t have trouble with discipline here. Some of our students came here to get away from bullying in their previous school.

Become fluent in Spanish!

With our unique private school model, your child will learn Spanish alongside English.

Our goal is to have students fluent in Spanish by the time they complete 8th grade.

Encouraging faith & morals

Your child will gain access to a dedicated religion class at St. Joseph Catholic Academy. They will learn all about the Gospel and how it has been lived out in the lives of the saints.

We also incorporate our faith into all the subjects we teach. For example, in art class, the children are creating sacred art while learning a particular art technique (drawing, painting, etc.). Instead of drawing a random collection of items for a still-life painting, they use religious subject matter. We try to incorporate our faith into every possible topic.

Students go to Mass (church service), next door at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, twice a week – once with their class and once with the entire school. The students also have the opportunity to help during Mass as greeters, musicians, lectors, and altar servers. This gives them an opportunity to take ownership of their faith and grow as leaders.

We have wonderful opportunities for children to interact with those who dedicate their lives to spreading the Good News. Catholic sisters work within the school, and priests often visit the children. This is such an inspiring environment for the development of these young hearts. Our goal is to evangelize and raise saints.

We know it can sometimes feel lonely being a Catholic in southwest Missouri. That’s why we also coordinate with other Catholic schools for activities like field trips, so they can interact with even more Catholic children.


One way our student body is united is through school uniforms. Our children wear a selection of polos and button-down shirts, along with skirts for the girls. 

The students also have opportunities to wear school t-shirts and jeans on certain days.

Special Events

Your child will build lots of great memories at St. Joseph Catholic Academy through special events such as:

  • Monthly assemblies
  • School plays and musicals
  • Daddy-daughter dances
  • Mother-son days
  • Pet blessings
  • Veterans Day programs
  • And much more!

Afterschool Care

We provide in-house afterschool care for working parents. This is a great time for students to complete homework, spend time with friends, and participate in exciting STEM projects.

After 8th grade?

Our students typically go to Springfield Catholic High School after 8th grade. We have a great relationship with SCHS. Your child will have lots of fun opportunities to get to know the SCHS population before donning the Irish green uniform.

More great reasons to choose St. Joseph Catholic Academy in Springfield, Missouri

  • Your child will bond with the same peers from preschool through 8th grade.
  • Your child will thrive within a small student-to-teacher ratio.
  • Your child will enjoy challenging academic standards.
  • Your child will access up-to-date curriculum and technology.
  • Your child will benefit from a very diverse population within the student body and staff.
  • Your child will learn to be a future leader.
  • Your child will grow in faith in a Christ-centered environment.
  • You can trust our fully accreditated school & teachers.
  • You’ll enjoy our great location, in the center of the city, right off Chestnut Expressway.
  • We offer a 4-day school week, Tuesdays through Fridays, with optional childcare on Mondays.