About Us

Chicago Private School Providing Academic Excellence with a Heart

Academic Excellence
Pilgrim uses a “whole child” approach to provide a quality education. We focus on academic, spiritual, emotional, social, and physical development for every child. Furthermore, we pride ourselves on a play-based preschool and kindergarten. As a result, our students achieve high test scores resulting in a 95% acceptance rate of graduates into competitive high school programs.

With a heart…
Faith development is an integral part of the growth process for students at Pilgrim. Consequently, by teaching our students through the lens of faith, we help students successfully achieve a positive place for themselves in society.

Our History

Our school was founded by Pilgrim Lutheran Church in 1921. The goal was to provide an excellent education in a nurturing Christian community. Pilgrim’s first principal, Alfred Rumsfeld, served from 1921 to 1955, followed by Louis Kuehm, Richard Sandler, and David Graumann. David Maring was called as principal in 1972 and held that position until 2011, when Elizabeth Ruppe became principal. In 2013, Pilgrim called our present principal, Chris Comella.

Our Philosophy

Here at Pilgrim, we pride ourselves on our small class sizes and a teacher to student ration of 1:10 in our early childhood program and 1:16 in grades 1-8. This allows teachers to develop strong relationships with pupils and meet each child’s individual needs.

We have incorporated mixed grade classrooms in grades 1-8 with separate level reading and math classes. This successful approach has produced above average test scores.

Pilgrim welcomes all students, regardless of faith, race, gender, or orientation. Although we are grounded in Lutheran tradition, more than one-third of our families do not identify with any form of religious practice.
Pilgrim students playing games in a classroom.

Pilgrim class of 1932
Pilgrim Class of 1932

Teacher working with a PreK student one-on-one.

For more information give us a call at (773) 477-4824 or fill out our online contact form.

We are a Chicago private school fully accredited by the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association. In addition, we’ve also earned recognition by the Illinois State Board of Education.

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