Adam J. Lewis Academy was established in 2011 as Adam J. Lewis Preschool, a not-for-profit early childhood center in the West End of Bridgeport. The Preschool’s founders, longtime educators Patty Lewis and Julie Mombello, recognized both the profound life impact of a high-quality preschool experience and the staggering disparities in access and opportunity across Fairfield County. They were determined to build a more hopeful, equitable future.
Guided by their expertise, Adam J. Lewis Preschool opened its doors to twelve children in 2013, in a revitalized West End property. Each child it served would honor the memory of Patty’s husband, Adam, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11 and whose life was transformed by education.
Over the course of five years, the program grew to its capacity of eighteen children and became a model of success in early childhood education—engaging students in an innovative, enriched, nurturing preschool environment and bridging the already-existent achievement gap.
With an enduring commitment to its students and families, in 2018, the school relocated to an expanded Downtown Bridgeport campus; welcomed its first Kindergarten class; and reopened as Adam J. Lewis Academy. Growing upward from its roots in preschool education, the Academy continued to grow each year by adding one grade annually until in the Fall of 2023 we now serve 150 students as a PreK-Grade 5 independent school of the highest caliber.