Transitioning to High School

7th and 8th grade can be a stressful time for both parents and students as they make decisions regarding high school. Pilgrim helps examine each student’s unique abilities, needs, and preferences through meetings with teachers and the principal. Students are made aware of the enrollment criteria and the importance placed on 7th grade attendance records, report cards, and test scores.

Pilgrim prides itself on high test scores and a 95% acceptance of graduates into competitive high school programs.

Pilgrim Lutheran 2019 8th Grade class

“Both of my children have been well prepared for the selective enrollment process for high school, and I am continually amazed when our 8th graders are able to “choose” their top choice high school year after year. The teachers care about their students’ success and help each child meet their full potential. Pilgrim has helped shape my children’s future in the best possible way.”

Halley W., parent




Graduate High School Destinations from 2007 to 2022

Selective High Schools
  • Jones College Prep
  • Lane Tech College Prep
  • Northside College Prep
  • Walter Payton College Prep
  • Whitney Young
Private or Parochial High Schools
  • Beacon Academy
  • Chicago Academy for the Arts
  • DePaul College Prep
  • Global Citizenship Experience Lab School
  • Loyola Academy
  • Lycee Francais De Chicago
  • Regina Dominican
  • Notre Dame College Prep
Preferred CPS Schools
  • Alcott College Prep
  • Amundsen IB
  • Chicago High School for the Arts
  • Lincoln Park
  • Mather High School
  • Ogden
  • Senn
  • Taft
  • Von Steuben
  • William Howard Taft IB
Charter Schools
  • Chicago International Charter School