Pilgrim’s grade structure is a truly unique response to the often ignored reality that students in single grade classrooms are not all functioning at that grade level. Teachers are sensitive to this, and our combined grade classroom approach allows them to tailor learning to where students are, rather than where their grade level says they should be.
Students learn reading skills using fiction and non-fiction text that interests them. Experienced teachers guide students through classic and popular titles. Through writing, speaking, formal argument and film-making, students master the skills needed for effective communication.
Students explore important themes in all areas of social studies through project based learning. They share their ideas in the books that they write, the conversations they have with students in our partner schools around the city, and in the presentations they make to the whole school community.
The Arts at Pilgrim
Students experience professional theatre, orchestra and opera performances. For lower grade students, art and music weave in and out of all instruction. They express themselves with drums, Orff instruments and raps made just for them. Upper grade students participate in chorus, band, and music appreciation, all led by professional musicians from the community.
Students learn stories from the Bible, lead weekly chapel services and provide service to others in the community. Teachers encourage questions from students about faith and topics related to God and religion. Every child is able to develop his/her own personal spirituality.
Early Childhood Education
All programs for 3, 4 and 5 year olds at Pilgrim are play-based, half day sessions. Instructional themes allow children to ask questions and investigate ideas that are important to them. Pilgrim’s half-day options allow parents to create the learning day appropriate to the needs of their individual child. Play-based programs foster creative and critical thinking skills, prepare children to read with comprehension and nurture positive social interaction.