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. 75% of students who qualified were accepted at selective enrollment high schools, compared to a 17% acceptance average for such schools (Data provided by Selective Prep).

Pilgrim Lutheran 2019 8th Grade class

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Graduate High School Destinations from 2007 to 2020

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