School Details

Katherine Anne Porter School

P O Box 2025, Wimberley, TX 78676
(512) 847-6867
6

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 9-12 146 students 7 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)

In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
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  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR)

In 2013-2014, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Katherine Anne Porter School average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Katherine Anne Porter School is a charter high school in Wimberley. The principal of Katherine Anne Porter School is Jordan Elliott, whose e-mail is jelliott@kapschool.org. 146 children attend Katherine Anne Porter School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 0% of the Katherine Anne Porter School students are "limited in English proficiency." 25% of the 146 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 53% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Katherine Anne Porter School is 7:1. Wimberley High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 77% 77%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 0.8%
Hispanic 16% 16%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% %
Asian 0.7% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53% 53%
Limited English proficiency 0% 0%
Economically disadvantaged 25% 25%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Katherine Anne Porter School(KAPS) has been a true blessing for my son. My teenage son can't wait to get up in the morning and go to school and wishes for summer break to be over so he can go back to school!!! How cool is that? I have never seen an environment of young adults that are so caring loving and accepting of each other. Best of all the teacher student ratio allows the teachers to work closely with the students and help them thrive. All of the teachers and staff truly enjoy their jobs and care about the students. If only the KAPS mold could be cut and placed all over the country-other families could only be so lucky!

  • (1 year ago)

    This was my daughter's first year at KAPS and it has been her most successful and enjoyable year by far (and we have tried a combination of private public and homeschooling). The teacher-student ratio is better than even most private schools. Teachers are top-notch -- smart well-trained seasoned and genuinely respectful of students. Staff and faculty are clear and straightforward in their expectations but are not mindlessly controlling (of students who are creative and probably more free-spirited than most) and no surprise the students mirror this culture and are polite and supportive toward one another. Everyone is incredibly resourceful (as has to be the case at a small charter school with little support from the state). KAPS faced several major challenges this year -- flooding; its principal was seriously injured in an accident -- and it was amazing how the KAPS community pulled together in every case. (I want to emphasize that the principal showed enormous courage and strength in recovering from the accident; he inspired all of us!) Plenty of good work gets done at KAPS yet it still feels more like a "family" than an institution. I am grateful we found the school.

  • (1 year ago)

    The Katherine Anne Porter School offers an educational curriculum designed to nurture individual interests foster an appreciation for learning increase community responsibilities and enhances peace and human rights. The four foundations of the KAP's School are 1) academics first 2) full participation in learning 3) mutual respect and 4) community service. These are the four foundations of success for KAPS staff and students. With these foundations and the belief that each student can feel comfortable and succeed at KAPS the open friendly environment allows teachers to be very effective. Despite growing poverty and hardships among Texan students good instruction itself has the largest influence on achievement.

  • (1 year ago)

    I found this school before moving to Texas from Maryland. This is a fantastic school it has been a growing loving accepting school. My boys have become great young men and I think KAPS has helped in molding who they are becoming. The staff and teachers are warm and wonderfully welcoming.

  • (1 year ago)

    KAPS is a small free charter high school. It serves ~150 students from various cities and school districts in the Wimberley area. Being a charter school we do not receive full state funding. We are also a Title 1 school because many of the students are on the free/reduced lunch program. We operate on a shoe string but somehow everything that needs to get done gets done. We make due and are creative with what we receive or fund raise and have some wonderful angels in the parents and communities KAPS serves. My son is a freshman. He developed epilepsy in 2009 and was home bound to some degree through the Dripping Springs school district for his middle school years. This is his first year back as a full-time student. The superintendent principal counselor and teachers have been very supportive in helping him acclimate back into all-day school. They are encouraging beyond anything I ever expected! They genuinely take an interest in the students not just their academics but also what is going on in their lives and help them deal with it. KAPS is certainly deserving of the donation from GreatSchools because it is not just a great school it is a FANTASTIC one!

  • (1 year ago)

    Katherine Anne Porter is a charter that serves a 4 county rural area with 150 enrolled freshman through senior high school students. It was named after the famous author who spent some time in childhood in the Hays county area. The school offers visual and performing art opportunities but has great faculty in the sciences as well. The faculty are dedicated to assisting students to identify and develop their talents be those academic skilled-based or other. The student body is as economically and culturally diverse as the area allows. Presently the school is putting on a new roof and repairing flood damage from a fall 2013 flood. The school does an excellent job providing a nurturing environment for budding adults. It also does a fine job of education. The building could use fire safety and mobility adaptations.

  • (1 year ago)

    KAPS is an amazing school! The environment is inviting and accepting. My son graduated in 2004. I've been back just last week to donate and visit. STILL incredible and STUDENT ART everywhere!

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has made my daughter's life so much better. The teachers are extremely available to parents and students alike. We are always able to talk to someone about any issues and they are independent thinkers in solving challenges. The small class sizes and outside the norm social acceptance makes school about supporting the students rather than trying to fit them into a mold. My daughter loves being able to be herself. Also she is a high achieving student and feels like the classes are challenging and she learns more than she did in conventional school. We love this school!

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter is a freshman and LOVES going to school every day. The after school program rocks and she often wants to stay after school to hang out with her friends in a fun safe environment. This is a great school if you are interested in academics art music and want to avoid the usual cliques and social structure that comes with the football culture at most schools.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son is in his junior year at KAPS. He had attended Hays HS his freshman year but when we moved to San Marcos just before his sophomore year he and I decided to give KAPS a try rather than enroll him at SMHS due to my severe reservations about the high school in San Marcos. The small class sizes attracted me - he couldn't be lost in the crowd with only six to twelve students in a class. He loves KAPS. He came home almost every day saying how he loved the school - this is something I haven't heard him say since kindergarten. His grades improved dramatically. He delighted in going to school and quickly became involved in the diverse after school program. The staff is wholly supportive of the students the new teachers as well as the old. Diversity is embraced rather than disallowed. He still says he loves his school ons nearly daily basis. While the school is certainly not for everyone it has been a God-send for the both of us as we'll as for many of his classmates and their families.

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm a freshman here at KAPS and it is amazing here. Not much drama not so many people be who you really are. They are not mean and horrible like public schools if you're an outsider you'll fit in great!

  • (4 years ago)

    They teach outside the box!

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school small classes.

  • (4 years ago)

    KAPS is all about the students and helping them do thier best. The whole staff really cares about each and every student Best decision my daughter ever made for her education.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter loves it and caring teachers and staff.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have known several students go through Katherine Anne Porter School and go on to do well in college. I plan on sending my kids there in the future!

  • (4 years ago)

    I moved here from El Paso and love this school. My daughter enrolled in KAPS after going to the local H.S. for a short while. She said the teachers actually cared about her grades and her future and knew who she was which they didn't do in the 5A school back in El Paso. Here at public high school they didn't even acknowledge her because she was new and not from around here from the start. KAPS has an after school program that helps in tutoring and community service as well as sports and other programs. It is a Public Charter School so they have to raise the money for everything they do. What I love the most is that it teaches your children to give back to the community and take responsibility for your own actions and rewards you with grants and scholarships for all the hard work you do. They are always trying to find ways to help the disadvantage or any students get an education no matter what back ground you have. KAPS goes above and beyond to help any family not only from Wimberley but for all the neighboring counties! I only wish they had more schools as caring and nurturing as KAPS all around the world!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    It is a great alternative to regular public school especially if your emphasis is academics arts music and NOT football

  • (4 years ago)

    KAPS has been a beacon and a huge benefit to many families in the the central Texas area by providing a creative educational environment for kids of all types allowing them to flourish.

  • (4 years ago)

    Because students are respected there.

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