Katherine Anne Porter School, or KAPS, is a free, charter high school located in Wimberley, Texas, founded in 1998.
And KAPS is different from traditional high schools in many, many ways.
For one thing, our students are different. As an open-enrollment charter, we attract students from five counties in Central Texas. That means we bring together kids—not only from Wimberley—but also from towns like Blanco, Dripping Springs, Canyon Lake, San Marcos, New Braunfels, even Austin. Kids come to KAPS because they want to be here, and the reasons for that are many: we offer smaller classes, alternative courses and an individualized approach to education.
Our students don't always “fit the mold,” and that's one of the reasons they excel at KAPS, where individuality and uniqueness are truly valued, among both students and staff. Here, we embrace differences, and students who may not have been successful elsewhere have a true chance to succeed and grow.
Our music and fine arts program is outstanding. Many of our students are gifted musicians and artists, and love to share their talents. Our school looks different, too. We invite you to come by, step inside KAPS to visit and see for yourself the beautiful murals and art adorning our walls.
We don't have a football team, no cheerleaders or large athletics programs. Instead, we offer yoga, cross country, dance and archery, among our athletic pursuits. We also offer gardening, culinary arts, theatre, and many Career & Technical Education courses.
We have a caring team of highly qualified teachers and staff who strive to make the school — and every student in it — a success.
As a charter school, we don't get the funding of traditional public schools, so we hold fundraisers and rely on donations to help provide the additional funding we need for classrooms, supplies and a better learning environment.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to support the learning environment at Katherine Anne Porter School. We truly appreciate any and all support!
MORE ABOUT KAPS
Founded in 1998 by Dr. Yana Bland and many others, Katherine Anne Porter School is proud to offer an educational curriculum designed to nurture students’ interests, foster an appreciation for learning, enhance community responsibility, and to advance peace and human rights.In small classes, using an integrated and practical approach, KAPS’ students are encouraged to become lifelong learners as they earn an accredited high-school diploma. Our aim is that each student will go on to the college and/or the career of her or his choice. This free charter school is founded on the belief held by renowned Texas writer, Katherine Anne Porter, that “knowledge of great art and great thought is a good in itself, not to be missed for anything.”Admission is not based on gender, national origin, ethnicity, religion, disability, academic, artistic, or athletic ability or the district the student would otherwise attend.
Four foundations are at the core of KAPS Philosophy...
RESPECT for oneself, for all human beings and for the environment
PARTiCiPATiON in all classes with 100 percent focus, and participation in the positive development of the KAPS’ community
put learning first. Understanding leads to positive action.
is when we all give back to the community. To this end, every Katherine Anne Porter School student is required to complete five hours of community service work each school semester.
Members of the our Board of Trustees are elected by members of the Katherine Anne Porter School community, including students, staff and parents. The Superintendent is appointed and evaluated by the Board.
Katherine Anne Porter School ofers courses required for graduation on the recommended and distinguished plans. In addition, we ofer an enriched curriculum to meet students’ individual needs and interests.
Our campus is located in the heart of Hays County in Wimberley, Texas. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4 pm. The 21st Century Community Learning Center offers aferschool classes and programs Monday through Thursday from 3:45 pm to 5:45 pm. For more information, please call 512-847-6867 or visit us online at kapschool.org.