Best Private Preschool and Elementary School on the Northside of Chicago

Pilgrim elementary school students working on school work

Academic Excellence with a Heart in a Private Preschool and Elementary School Setting

  • In-person and virtual learning options available for students during COVID-19
  • A safe and intimate early childhood and grade school program so each child can flourish
  • Individual attention in addition to 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 as a result, inspire a love of learning
  • A high level of parental involvement and service to the community

Early Childhood Coffee with Principal Comella Every Tuesday!

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to provide tours of our facility at this time. However, we are offering a virtual coffee hour every Tuesday at 10am with our Principal, Mr. Comella! This is your chance to learn about our early childhood program and to ask Mr. Comella questions.

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.”

Comella Among Nation’s Best K-8 Principals

Pilgrim Lutheran School’s Principal Chris Comella was named a 2018 National Distinguished Principal. Thank you to the National Association of Elementary School Principals for this honor!

Pilgrim's school principal, Chris Comella

2018 Best of Chicago Award for Pilgrim Lutheran Preschool

Pilgrim’s Preschool is Chicago’s Best!

Our preschool was selected for the 2018 Best of Chicago Award! Thank you to the Chicago Award Program! Also, congratulations to our teachers and to everyone here at Pilgrim on this prestigious award!

As Featured in Chicago Parent Magazine

Learn about how Pilgrim is putting brain research to work! Our teachers regularly lead their students in kinesthetic activities or “brain breaks” to subsequently boost performance.

The cover of an issue of Chicago Parent Magazine

We’re a Chicago Private Preschool and Elementary School Inspiring Learners in the Heart of Ravenswood

Individual Attention

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

High Level of Parent Involvement

Parents support the 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.

Teaching the Whole Child

Service learning is an important part of a Pilgrim education. Therefore, 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. As a result, Pilgrim’s affirming approach leads students to develop their own spirituality.

Before & After Care Options

Every students can participate in before and after school activities. The include, chess wizards, circus arts, dance, music lessons, and art projects.

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