Where every child begins a hero's journey

Invictus is an innovative elementary school in Leander, TX. We're reinventing education, and your family can be a part of it.

Our Mission

The Invictus mission is to inspire each child and parent who enters our doors to find a calling that will change the world.

A 21st century school in Leander

Invictus is part of the Acton Academy network – a network of true learner-driven micro schools started in Austin in 2009 – and considered by many to be a leading model of K-12 innovation in the United States.

We believe it is the most nurturing, deep-learning, student-centered learning environment in the world, and we're thrilled to share it with intentional families in our community.

What Makes Invictus Different?

At Traditional Schools...

  • Everyone learns the same information at the same time
  • One teacher lectures to many students
  • Teachers assigning homework
  • Students receive letter grades to measure success
  • Teachers are the authority
  • School like a factory with bells, shifts, and one-size-fits-all
  • Rows of desks face a teacher at the blackboard
  • Memorization of information for test taking

At Invictus...

  • Young people do challenging work at their own pace
  • Young people teach themselves and each other
  • No assigned homework
  • Young people earn points for effort and badges for mastery
  • Young people solve their own problems and learn to govern themselves
  • School like a journey, with adventure, fellow travelers, guides and challenges
  • Young people working together and collaborating
  • Important discussions about becoming a hero and changing the world

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We believe clear thinking leads to good decisions,
good decisions lead to the right habits,
the right habits lead to character,
and character becomes destiny.

The Four Pillars of our Learning Design


A Learner-Driven Community.

Serious commitments; genuine relationships; authentic accountability.


Powerful Interactive Technology.

Self-paced learning for Reading, Writing and Math.


The Socratic Method.

Critical thinking skills and forging character.


Real-World Quests and Apprenticeships.

Hands-on learning for 21st Century skills.

Our Philosopy of Learning

We believe that learning to learn, learning to do, and learning to be are far more important than learning to know.

Learn to Do

What skills do you need to change the world? At Acton, every day we're standing in the shoes of doctors, designers, presidents, and builders, learning the skills and tools that heroes have mastered. We call it a Quest.

Learn to Learn

The world is changing fast. The skills of tomorrow aren't the skills of today. Take with you a DIY toolbox of curiosity, grit, trial-and-error, joy, and perseverance. You've confronted new things before. You can learn anything.

Learn to Be

No other accomplishment matters unless you've built a life you're proud of. Have you become a good person? What relationships have you nurtured? What habits have become part of your character?

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What Parents Are Saying

“My son Zac is loving going to school here! He wakes up excited to go to school, which is amazing in itself. I love the philosophy behind Acton Academies, which allows kids to really step into their own power, and be in control of their own learning.”

- Helen Zhang

“Since she was very young, my 7-year-old daughter was morbidly shy... after just a half year at Invictus, it’s as though she’s been transformed into a braver, more self-confident version of herself... She wakes up giddy with excitement to go to school every day... At the risk of sounding mushy, I’ve shed tears of joy several times in the last 6 months as I’ve watched my daughter blossom and grow both academically and, more importantly, as a little human at Invictus. We LOVE this school.”

- Jedidiah Becker

“Discovering Invictus Action Academy has been a game-changer for our family's educational journey... Choosing Invictus was a conscious decision rooted in the belief that every child possesses talents to shape the world... For those seeking a community fostering a growth mindset, Invictus is undeniably the right place.”

- Steven and Jessie Pryor

“I've been a fan of the Acton Academy concept for years and could not find anything I wanted more for my son… Sarah Max managed to create a very special environment where kids learn and thrive, beyond just the academics. In this school, your child is not a number on a spreadsheet, she/he is an individual on a journey to try and fail and try again, alongside their tribe, in preparation for the road ahead.”

- M. S.

“This is a radically different approach to education... Kids spend a lot of time outdoors and they learn for life skills, not for test scores... Instead of your typical cliques, it's more of a tribe. Highly recommend.”

- Jenée Lamberton

“Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your roadmap through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important, how to live and how to die.”
― John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

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