Pilgrim Lutheran School – Chicago’s Best Early Childhood and Elementary Education on the Northside

Teachers Say…

“All six and seven year olds need to see and experience that learning is fun! 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.”

School Tours

Every Tuesday at 10am or by appointment. Please contact the school office for details.

Pilgrim Lutheran students working on schoolwork

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

Comella Among Nation’s Best K-8 Principals

Pilgrim Lutheran School Principal Chris Comella has been named a 2018 National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Principal Comella

2018 Best of Chicago Award for Pilgrim Lutheran Pre-School

Pilgrim Preschool is Chicago’s Best!

Pilgrim Lutheran School was selected for the 2018 Best of Chicago Award in the Preschools category by the Chicago Award Program. Congratulations to our teachers Mrs. Bataneant, Mrs. Smith, Mr. Comella, and to everyone here at Pilgrim on this prestigious award!

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.

The cover of an issue of Chicago Parent Magazine

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.

Before & After Care 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.