Transitioning to High School

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)

Pilgrim Lutheran 2019 8th Grade class

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

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Chicago Area High School Destinations for the 91 Pilgrim Graduates from 2007 to 2014 Illustrate This Diversity and Success

41 Selective High Schools including
  • Jones
  • Lane
  • Payton
  • Northside
  • Whitney Young
23 Private or Parochial High Schools including
  • Chicago Academy for the Arts
  • DePaul Academy
  • Loyola
  • Regina Dominican
  • Notre Dame College Prep
20 Other Preferred CPS Schools including
  • Lincoln Park
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Ogden
  • Taft IB
  • Von Steuben
  • Amundsen IB
  • Chicago High School for the Arts
5 Charter Schools including
  • Chicago International Charter School