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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“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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I'm Community Champion at Invictus

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