Academic Excellence With a Heart

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What does Pilgrim offer?

  • Pre-K through 8th grade programs that focus on the whole child
  • Welcoming environment regardless of faith, race, gender, or orientation
  • Academic excellence driven by the best of educational practices
  • 1:10 teacher to student ratio in early childhood
  • 1:16 teacher to student ratio in elementary school
  • Experienced and energized staff who inspire a love of learning
  • High level of service to the community and parental involvement
  • 1:1 Chromebooks or iPads for students in PreK through grade 8

Pilgrim At A Glance

Average Pilgrim Classroom Size


Acceptance into #1 High School of Choice


Total Number of Pilgrim Students


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.”

Tour Our Private Pre-K and Elementary School Programs!

We host in-person open houses on the first Thursday of every month and Virtual Coffee Sessions with our principal every Tuesday! These are great opportunities to learn more about Pilgrim and meet with Principal Comella. We know you are looking for the best education for your child and we want to make your school search as smooth as possible! Click on one of the buttons below to RSVP to these events!

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 Pre-Kindergarten Program Named “Best of Chicago” for the Second Time! 

Each year, the “Best of Chicago” Awards are given to local schools and businesses based both on the recommendations of people in the community and third-party data. The Chicago Award Program honors the achievements and accomplishments of organizations that make the Chicago area a great place to live, work, and play.

Once again, Pilgrim’s Pre-Kindergarten has been named “Best of Chicago” – having previously earned the distinction in 2018. With its play-based philosophy and “whole child” approach to learning, Pilgrim’s Early Childhood Education Program is designed to be exceptional.

“Our teachers and staff are determined to engage each early childhood and pre-Kindergarten student, and make them feel safe and valued as individuals,” says Pilgrim School Principal Chris Comella. “We deliberately keep our early childhood class sizes small and ensure that every student is supported in achieving his or her own developmentally-appropriate goals.” 

Enroll your child in Pilgrim’s Pre-K program today!

Pilgrim's school principal, Chris Comella, who leads the Pilgrim's private Pre-K and elementary school programs
Pilgrim's principal, Pre-K teacher, and students celebrating Pilgrim's private Pre-K program with the "Best of Chicago" award.
Pilgrim Lutheran School's private Pre-K program's "Best of Chicago" 2021 Award

Best Private Pre-K and Elementary School on Chicago’s Northside!

Whole Child Approach

Pilgrim focuses on all aspects of each student’s learning including the academic, spiritual, physical, emotional, and social growth of each child.

Inspired by Grace

Pilgrim welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds. This affirming approach allows students to develop their own spirituality.

Serving the World

Service learning is an important part of a Pilgrim education. Pilgrim empowers students to give their time and serve their wider community.