Why Give


At AJLA, we strive to ensure that our students and their families are afforded a transformative educational experience. Tuition accounts for 10% of the operating budget and all families pay tuition on a sliding scale. We partner with our generous supporters to cover up to 90% of the cost to provide a truly high-quality educational experience for our students and families.

Make a Gift

Adam J. Lewis Academy (AJLA) is a co-educational PreK-Grade 8 privately funded independent school serving children and families from the Bridgeport community. Bridgeport operates the largest school district in the state, yet consistently ranks towards the bottom of all public school systems in Connecticut. AJLA offers a high-quality education to positively influence the lives and futures of children from Bridgeport. Our goal is to close this achievement gap through an empowering and innovative student-focused program that helps build a more hopeful and equitable future for our students. We can’t do this without your continued support.

Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is a yearly effort that directly supports our students, parents, and faculty in the current school year. At AJLA, the cost to educate a student is $20,000. Your partnership bridges the gap between this cost and what families pay, safeguarding against tuition becoming a barrier to admission. The Annual Fund also supports faculty salaries,  professional development, and parent programming.


Gifts to the endowment provide a permanent source of income that strengthen AJLA and serve to uphold its mission and future. Endowed gifts provide a reliable source of income that allows the school to continue investing in the excellence of its students, faculty and campus opportunities. For more information regarding AJLA’s endowment, please contact Max Dixon at 908-616-4826 or max@ajlacademy.org.

Capital Projects

This year, AJLA is undertaking three capital projects as we create a vibrant campus in downtown Bridgeport. The turf field was recently completed, and we are currently renovating a STEAM Maker Space and Middle School Classrooms. Capital Funds are essential to the growth and continued success of AJLA. For more information regarding Capital Gifts, including naming opportunities, please contact Max Dixon at 908-616-4826 or max@ajlacademy.org.

Ways to Give


Checks should be made payable to Adam J. Lewis Academy and mailed to: AJLA, 500 State Street, Bridgeport CT 06604


Gifts of appreciated securities are an excellent way to make a gift to the School. Please contact Max Dixon for help.


Many companies will match contributions made by an employee (or their spouse) to a not-for-profit organization.


Leaving a gift to AJLA in your will is one of the simplest ways you can make a meaningful contribution.

Giving Impact


Funds after-school care for one student, supporting continuous learning.


Funds summer camp for one class of students, nurturing year-long growth.


Funds lunch for three students for the school year,providing a healthy, nutritious meal daily.


Funds one year of a high-quality educational experience for an underserved child, changing a life.