• ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE WITH A HEART
  • Teachers Say...
    “All six and seven year olds need to see and experience that learning is fun!” says Miss Huelskoetter. “I strive to teach to the whole child—incorporating a ‘brain building’ classroom experience and strategies.”
  • Parents Say...
    “I like the fact that Pilgrim is a strong community that teaches more than academics: responsibility, care, and a good balance between academic and emotional development.”
  • Students Say...

    “I love Pilgrim because our friends become our family.”

  • Alumni Say...

    “My seventh and eighth grade teachers instilled in me proper discussion skills and deep analytical thinking skills that have carried me through my freshman year. The competition to get into high school is tough, but with Pilgrim, you will be tougher.”

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  • Academic excellence with a heart

    • Individual attention with small class sizes (averaging 14 students, compared to a CPS average of 30)
    • Academic excellence driven by the best of current educational practices
    • An experienced and energized staff who inspire a love of learning
    • A safe and intimate setting where the individual can flourish
    • A high level of parental involvement
    • Service to the community
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  • As Featured In Chicago Parent Magazine

    At Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School in Chicago, the staff is incorporating theories they learned at an in-service workshop by Wheatridge Ministries to help increase students’ learning. That workshop taught that “brain breaks” are essential to student learning, and therefore, teachers are regularly leading their students in kinesthetic activities in the classroom to help them boost their performance, says Pilgrim Principal Chris Comella.

    “Especially before we do any testing, teachers will be doing stretching or dancing or some kind of physical activity to get the blood flowing to the brain,” he says. “In other activities, teachers will musically chant things, or make up raps for prayers. Or they get up in math class and sing and dance the math rules, which helps ingrain them on the brain.”

    They also use things like sign language and “reader’s theater” performances during chapel time to reinforce learning and engage the brain, he says.

    “Anecdotal evidence shows us that kids are happier and more enthusiastic about learning if it’s fun,” he says. “It’s fun to do raps and chanting and reader’s theater. And in terms of test results, we think their scores spike by at least a few points because the physical activity helps keep them mentally focused.”

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  • We're a community of learners in the heart of Ravenswood.

    • Individual Attention

      An experienced and energizing staff who inspire a love of learning and who model the values we teach.

    • High Level of Parent Involvement

      Parents who support the academic, social, artistic, physical and spiritual development of all students through active participation in curricular and extra-curricular activities.

    • Academic Excellence

      Over 95% of Pilgrim graduates enroll in competitive high school programs. In the past 7 years, over 73% of Pilgrim students who qualified and opted to apply were accepted at Selective Enrollment High Schools vs. 17%* acceptance average of all applicants by Selective Enrollment High Schools.

    • Teaching the Whole Child

      Service learning is an important part of a Pilgrim education. Pilgrim empowers students to form relationships with others, rather than simply give money or goods.

    • Teaching inspired by Grace

      Pilgrim welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds. Pilgrim’s affirming approach nurtures students, leading them to develop their own spirituality.

    • Extended Learning Options

      Before and after school learning options for all children, with the opportunity to participate in chess wizards, circus arts, dance, individual music lessons, and a variety of art projects.

  • We enable students to achieve a positive place for themselves in society.

    Just a few of our community partnerships
    • The Friendship Center

      Dedicated to providing neighbors in need with food, clothing, and household goods in a friendly and safe environment.

    • Pilgrim Kids Care

      As part of their education, Pilgrim students are encouraged to search for ways to reach out to their community and help those in need.

  • Heart

    • Coat Angels

      Coat Angels delivers coats, fleeces, hats and gloves to some of the neediest children in Chicago

    • Casals School of Excellence

      Every year for the past 10 years the Pilgrim community has helped bring Christmas joy to children at Pablo Casals Elementary School in Humboldt Park.

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    • Address

      Pilgrim School
      4300 N. Winchester Ave
      Chicago, IL 60613

    • Phone & E-mail

      Phone: (773) 477-4824
      Fax: (773) 477-8996
      office@pilgrimchicago.org

    • Leadership

      Chris Comella, Principal | email
      Pastor Kristian Johnson | email