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Almost every private school parent has heard about “the gap” – the difference between tuition dollars received by the school, and the actual costs of operating the institution.

At private day schools today, tuition receipts often cover only 70 to 80 percent of costs. Cost growth has consistently outstripped revenue growth year after year, for decades. Private school expenses have far outstripped revenues so much so, that no amount of cost-cutting can come close to solving the problem.

Fundraising activities have become central to the life of private schools. Very few, if any, private independent schools meet full operational costs with tuition alone. AYA hosts two main fundraising events per year, with the aim to close the gap. Below are the percentage of funding amounts and sources for 2016.

Gifts to the school are vital to support the outstanding academic traditions that make the American Youth Academy exceptional.

The generosity of our parents, grandparents, faculty, alumni, and friends provide the means for the continued pursuit of excellence in the arts, athletics, and faculty development.

Through our development efforts, we work to create partnerships that will advance the mission of our fine school. We are confident that you will find no better investment than in the education of a child. 


December 7, 2019, Annual Dinner was a huge success!

AYA received pledges of $1,000,000.00

Click the box below to fulfill or create your pledge!

AYA students, faculty, staff, administration, and future alumni thank you for your generous support!