Unique Grade Structure

Pilgrim’s Grade Structure is Truly Unique

Pilgrim’s grade structure is a truly unique response to the often ignored reality that students in single grade classrooms are not all functioning at that grade level. Teachers are sensitive to this, and our combined grade classroom approach allows them to tailor learning to where students are, rather than where their grade level says they should be.

Pilgrim Lutheran students learning outdoors

The Pilgrim Difference

Pilgrim students and their families find:

  • A friendly and welcoming atmosphere
  • A wealth of learning experience that take advantage of everything an urban cultural center offers
  • A positive approach to learning and guiding student social behavior
  • Classes designed to tap into a student’s natural curiosity about the world

Experience the Pilgrim Difference

Prospective families and students are welcome to observe and participate in Pilgrim classes.
To arrange a shadow day

Individual Attention

An experienced and energizing staff who inspire a love of learning and who model the values we teach

High Level of Parent Involvement

Pilgrim’s open viewing policy welcomes parents as observers and helpers in the classrooms. Pilgrim Parent-Teacher League is a full partner in school life.

Teaching to the Whole Child

Pilgrim teachers know that music, art and physical activity stimulates learning, as well as, physical, emotional and spiritual growth. Kinesthetic learning is a key element in every grade.

Friendly and Welcoming Place

Pilgrim hosts a full calendar of social and sporting events for kids and adults. All are welcome to join in the fun.




Reading/English/Language Arts

Pilgrim students learning reading and writing using a workshop approach, rather than a curriculum dictated by a textbook. Students read some books together, chosen by the teacher, in order to highlight skills appropriate to their grade level. Students choose other books, appropriate to their reading level, from large classroom libraries, and discuss the books in small groups. In the Lower Grades, students use a multi-sensory approach to learn phonics, vocabulary and core elements of reading.

Students learn to express ideas learned from their reading through multiple drafts and conferences with the teacher and their peers. In the Upper Grades, students use technology to help in their research and for editing their work.


Pilgrim was a pilot school for Everyday Math and continues to use the program with success. Students learn to solve practical problems using the math skills they learn. Skills are taught in way that deeply embeds the basics to ensure success when students learn pre-algebra and algebra in preparation for high school.

Social Studies

Students explore important themes in all areas of social studies through project based learning. They share their ideas in the books that they write, the conversations they have with students in our partner schools around the city, and in the presentations they make to the whole school community.

The Arts at Pilgrim

Students experience professional theatre, orchestra and opera performances. For lower grade students, art and music weave in and out of all instruction. They express themselves with drums, Orff instruments and raps made just for them. Upper grade students participate in chorus, band, and music appreciation, all led by professional musicians from the community.

Christian Education

Students learn stories from the Bible, lead weekly chapel services and provide service to others in the community. Teachers encourage questions from students about faith and topics related to God and religion. Every child is able to develop his/her own personal spirituality.

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