About Katherine Anne Porter School

A high School promoting Great Art & Great Thought


The Beginning

Dr. Yana Bland

Dr. Yana Bland

Founded in 1998 by Dr. Yana Bland and many others, Katherine Anne Porter School was established to nurture students' interests, foster an appreciation for learning, enhance community responsibility, and to advance peace and human rights.

This free charter school was 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.”



More about us!

Katherine Anne Porter School, or KAPS, is a public charter high school located in Wimberley, Texas. KAPS serves students in Hays and surrounding counties and is free to attend!


KAPS is different from traditional high schools in many ways. As an open-enrollment charter, we bring together young people from towns like Blanco, Wimberley, Dripping Springs, Canyon Lake, San Marcos, New Braunfels, and Austin. Students come to KAPS for many reasons including smaller classes, alternative courses, our fine arts program, an individualized approach to education as well as our restorative practice model.

KAPS students don't always “fit the mold.”  Here, we embrace differences. Many of our students are gifted artists, creative thinkers, and talented musicians that love to share their stories with others. Each spring, we host an Arts Fest and Day of Service to showcase our student's artwork and community service efforts.

Our school looks different, too. We invite you to come by for a visit and see the beautiful murals and art adorning our walls. We have a caring team of highly qualified teachers and staff who strive to make the school — and every student in it — a success.


Our Namesake

Katherine Anne Porter was born near Brownwood, TX in 1890 and moved to Kyle, TX in her early childhood.  She worked as a writer and teacher most of her life in various spots around the United States, Mexico, and Europe.  She wrote articles for a number of magazines and newspapers and published several notable short stories.  In 1962, she published the very popular novel Ship of Fools, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and was later made into a film. She is known as a writer of great clarity, achieving a style of objectivity without sacrificing sensitivity.  Many of her stories used the geographic locales of the South, the Southwest, and Mexico.  Although most of her works were written and published outside of Texas, she is considered one of the state's best and most famous writers. Katherine Anne Porter died in September of 1980.  Her childhood home in Kyle was purchased by a group dedicated to preserving her memory.  That group evolved into the founders of the KAP School, who saw a need for a school focused on the arts in the rural hill country area.