Curriculum

  • Academic Excellence with a Heart

  • Pilgrim Lutheran School offers a solid academic program that can be tailored to meet individual student needs. Students are provided with a strong foundation in fundamental academic skills. Don’t forget about all these extras that make Pilgrim an outstanding choice for your child’s education:

    • Use of iPads, Chromebooks and laptops integrated into everyday instruction
    • Field trips at all grade levels
    • Inquiry based science instruction aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, with curriculum designed by the Museum of Science and Industry
    • Spanish language instruction in all grade levels, including preschool and kindergarten
    • Problem-solving based math curriculum with geometry classes for advanced students
    • Individualized programs for students with special needs
    • “Reading Buddies” between upper grades and kindergarten students
    • Choral groups and band
    • Interscholastic academic competitions for upper grade students
    • Theatrical and musical productions
    • Before and after school care
    • Hot Lunch program provided in conjunction with Beyond Green
    • Community service projects at all grade levels
    • Athletics – Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Boys and Girls Volleyball, Bowling, and Running Club for upper grades
  • Our goal is to create a place that engages each child.

    • University of Chicago Math Program, combined with an emphasis on the development of basic math skills and geometry for qualified students in the upper grades.
    • Reading
    • Language Arts
    • Sciences (emphasis on hands-on approach)
    • Social Studies
    • History
    • Geography
    • Spanish language instruction (preschool through 8th grade)
    • Religious Education
    • Mobile Computer Lab
    • Chromebooks for classroom use
    • In classroom computers with monitored internet access
    • Art
    • Music
    • Band
    • Theatrical Productions
    • Physical Education
    • Individualized programs for children with special needs
    • Athletic programs for upper grades – basketball, cross country, track and field
    • Field trips at all grade levels
    • After school enrichment programs
  • Scientific Investigation Opportunities

    Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) designed curriculum, aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.

    ArtSmart

    Frida Kahlo stepped into a classroom at Pilgrim Lutheran School last year—brightly colored garb flowing, telltale facial hair in place—and faces lit up.
    At first, it may have been the thrill of seeing the art teacher in costume, black unibrow slapped to her forehead. But then it was more: In an instant, the Pilgrim students were transported to Frida’s world and art became more than mere paint on paper.

    At a time when school art programs across the country are finding themselves winnowed by lagging funds, Pilgrim is running in the opposite direction. Guided by a whole-child approach to learning, Pilgrim is feeding its pupils’ spirits with ARTsmart, a program that takes art class to a new level by combining history, appreciation and creative hands-on experience.

    Taught to all students preschool through eighth grade and run by parent volunteers with backgrounds in art, ARTsmart is designed not only to teach technique but to build confidence and encourage students’ pride in their creations. At each monthly session, students explore techniques and components of art, such as color, texture and shape, through the work of a particular artist. And they create their own art, two- and three-dimensional projects that are displayed throughout the school.

    ARTsmart culminates each year in an evening gallery show that has the look and feel of a real opening. At Gallery 4300, held in May at Belle Plaine Studios, guests milled among professional-looking installations while the young artists showcased their work—and their growing confidence.
    Since the program was founded in 2006 by parents Cyndi Heiniger and Beck Anstee, students have explored and experienced the works of Kahlo, Marc Chagall, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock and others.

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