High Schools

  • Are Pilgrim graduates accepted by top high schools?

    Yes! Pilgrim prides itself on high test scores and a 95% acceptance of graduates into competitive High School programs. 75% of students who qualified and opted to apply were accepted at Selective Enrollment High Schools, compared to a 17% acceptance average for such schools. (Data from Selective Prep)

  • Every year, Pilgrim guides students through the High School enrollment process

    Seventh and eighth grades can be a stressful time for both parents and students, as the prospect of High School looms large on the horizon. Pilgrim takes great care to carefully discuss all options with parents during meetings with grade teachers and the Principal, examining each student’s unique abilities, needs and preferences. Students are made aware of the enrollment criteria and the importance placed on 7th grade attendance records, report cards and test scores.  Some choose parochial or private high schools, some participate in the rigorous selective high school enrollment process, while others choose preferred area high schools

    Chicago area High School destinations for the 91 Pilgrim graduates from 2007 to 2014 illustrate this diversity and success:

    • 41 Selective High Schools*
      – Jones, Lane, Payton, Northside, Whitney Young
    • 23 Private or Parochial High Schools
      – Chicago Academy for the Arts, DePaul Academy, Luther North, Loyola,
      North Shore County Day, Notre Dame, St. Benedict, Regina Dominican, Notre Dame College Prep
    • 5 Charter Schools
      – Chicago International Charter School
    • 20 Other Preferred CPS Schools
      –Lincoln Park (IB and other accelerated programs), Louisa May Alcott,
      Ogden, Taft IB, Von Steuben (General and Scholars program), Amundsen IB, Chicago High School for the Arts


    • Seven of those accepted declined to enroll in a Selective High School, choosing another high school instead. Several students have moved to the suburbs or out of state