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PK-12
Private
Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 400

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540 South Commonwealth Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90020

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(213) 355-5204
(213) 385-1060
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August 03, 2014
Buyer beware this corporate run school masquerading as a "church based" educational institution. And read fast because the corporate lawyer head of school always has non-glowing reviews removed from this site. I am a parent and I am supportive of the school and many families but I must tell you the truth as I see it. The best part of the school is the elementary school. It all quickly begins to go downhill around 3rd or 4th grade. Also the supposed "diversity" of the school masks a serious problem with turnover among that population. The school wants POC for their marketing but offers no real understanding or support of what it means to build a diverse community. The school is especially aggressive in pushing out african american students as they get older. The school is all about money, money, money. The school recently began hosting international students in a "boarding" program. It's a financially viable choice-- but ignores the fact that this K-12 school is simply spread too thin to fulfill its educational function well. All schools must fundraise but there has to be an educational mission at its core. how is that possible with a HOS who only cares about building more stuff?

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2014
My children just love going to school! They have fun and learn so much every single day. The teachers are very caring and nurturing. A very elite school in the heart of Los Angeles!

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2013
Best school ever. I go there and it is amazing. I would recommend it to your children

- submitted by a community member
June 19, 2012
Having a business person manage a school has put Pilgrim on the map as this national trend continues. Pilgrim has very well qualified educators who have continued the tradition of a 100% college admission to some of the finest colleges and universities in our country . One of the main tasks of a head of a private school is to raise money as tuition does not cover the cost. In addition, facilities have improved, computer and smart boards and a new fine arts facility. To that end, we have been extremely grateful for the vision of the board and head of school. We have especially appreciated the parent community which has been accepting to all the diversity of families .

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2012
Weak administration focused solely on fundraising and less about the issues affecting the school, parents, kids that could be fixed with just a bit of care. Look closely and beyond the gorgeous trappings of the playground and art studio. Zero transparency on credentials or educational background of teachers. I don't know how I'll feel when my child graduates from class this year, but I expect it will be lots of pride and ! relief ! Almost there.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2011
Great community atmosphere! Children are happy, work hard and get into great colleges! What else can you ask for as a parent? The school needs to do what it needs to do.

- submitted by a parent
December 25, 2011
Because I give the school 2 stars not none I will start with what is good about Pilgrim. Playground is great for elementary kids, art teacher is amazing, music program okay, better than public school for extras, gym class fun and old fashioned and kids love it. But why not 5 stars? Well, we did not really know what the fundraising comments meant until we became a Pilgrim family. It seems to be the primary focus of a Head of School its not really a good one considering how little operating capital is brings in based on annual report which you can find online. What you won't find online are the qualifications and experience of the top administrators. When considering this school look close. It may or may not be right for you. Its a very privatey school where people can have a one on one with teachers etc, but small also means cliquish and this is a culture that comes from the top down. Also, the remarks about bullying policy are spot on. If your child is in a tiny class (not a lot of friend choices) and does not fit in, where can they turn for new friends? Question retention and test scores if considering Pilgrim as well the experience and qualifications of those in charge.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
Child has gone there for 2 years. Verdict still out. He had a great teacher this year, and excelled. She was amazing. I mean truly amazing. Last year not so great. Moderate price, and they are always asking for more. Before the first day of school, they held a fundraiser the night before, and pretty much guilt you into giving more before it even starts. I think that fundraising is 1st concern. Not to impressed with how they handle bullying. Next year will decide for us if we continue on. 50/50

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2010
Yes, the education our son has received is superb combined with the atmosphere of small classes with individual attention. Fundraising has given Pilgrim new science labs, smart boards, computers for the students and a recently new fine arts center. Students are trained in the arts at no additional costs. Tracking where these students are accepted to college is unparalleled in the private LA school sector.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
I thank God every day that we left when our year was up. There are major problems at this school. I agree with the parents that state all the principal is interested in is fundraising. My previous review entitled 'Save your money' was removed from the Great Schools website and this concerns me if parents are supposed to write their true feelings?

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February 09, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2010
I went to this school for most of middle school and for a year of junior high. In terms of academics, I would rate this school above average, for the most part. I felt that the math and science programs were lacking. The teachers were fantastic; they were truly all around good people. The students however, lacked morals. I have never been in such a callous environment, and because of that I had to leave and go elsewhere.

- submitted by a student
January 11, 2010
Pilgrim is a wonderful school. In our 3 years here we have found it to be an academically rigorous and challenging school where all children are essentially pushed to work at least one year above grade level. Best of all about Pilgrim is the overall diverse environment that fosters a love of learning-- This is created by the faculty and fantastic head of school, the mostly sane but very committed and parental community, and a focus on the students that eschews much of the social parental b.s. that comes along with many independent schools in Los Angeles. Like many elite but small schools, involvement and fundraising are important, but as a school with one of the more reasonable tuition in the city, this is a small price to pay. Furthermore, the school's 30 hours per family per school year volunteer requirement helps to insure that parents stay

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2009
I was a Pilgrim student for one year and can honestly say that at least 70% of the time I spent there was a real nightmare. I was made to feel like I was just another number or just another face in the crowd and this school's 'get in where you fit in' mentality is the antithesis of what a Christian school's educational aims should be. I can only say that my experience at Pilgrim was a very unpleasant one and I honestly can not recommend this school at all.

- submitted by a community member
no rating August 25, 2009
We're new to the school. Our daughter is entering the seventh grade. an ordinary non ordinary school. They walk their talk. They have all types of students-from Burbank, Beverly HIlls, 120th street, and downtown. They get their kids into decent colleges. I did my due diligence talking to everyone I could find. I found the teachers involved and excellent. The only rap on it is that the classes are small but that can cut both ways. We didn't want to go to Marlborough or Harvard Westlake. I tried to fit the child to the school. We're very happy so far. I felt people direct, friendly and involved. Once more into the breach, dear friends-Henry V.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2009
I was a former student at Pilgrim School from Preschool - 10th grade. I have quite fond memories of the school throughout my time there. Now, I look back at it and find some things foundational and others lacking. As a Christian parochial school - I now find it hard to believe that this school emphasized so much 'evolution' and so little emphasis on 'creationism.' There was biblical teaching in chapel and that's exactly where it stopped. The only teacher I ever remember instilling true joy in me was Ms. Mesa. Many of the parents out there are looking for a school that will instill good 'morals' well that's not going to happen if biblical teaching is not in the classroom and the curriculum. I see Pilgrim's promotion of 'diversity' not only going along the lines of diverse ethnicities, but also a tote for pluralism.

- submitted by a community member
October 18, 2008
Pilgrim is a phenomenal school. It is our son's second year at Pilgrim, and he is thriving. There is no other private school in Los Angeles that can provide a child with so much at such a reasonable tuition. The West side schools in Los Angeles are trying to emulate Pilgrim - to no avail as they do not have the rich diversity that exists within Pilgrim community. Pilgrim is the perfect school if you are looking for a community of like-minded parents who want a first-class education for their children while exposing them to the rich ethnic diversity of Los Angeles. Great faculty. Great staff. Great parent community. Great school. Great school.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
Our son is entering Kindergarten after two years of preschool there and I can't describe how happy we are with the school, his teacher, and the other families. The sense of community is real and our original plan was for public school but now have decided to stay at Pilgrim. Its the BEST private school in the area.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2008
Our child is going on his 3rd year at Pilgrim. After the parent orientation last week, I am confident that our child is in the proper school which will have him prepared for college. I just was informed that 6 graduates of the 2007 class were accepted into Ivy League schools. The program is challenging to the students and parents as well.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2008
It is really sad when the focus of a school becomes money as opposed to educating children. Many real issues that should not be present in an independent school are simply overlooked while the Head of School schmoozes various foundations and parents. I have found Pilgrim to be a shiny box that is empty. Many 'assurances' went unfulfilled and the policies stated in the handbook are not followed. Although we had hoped for this to be our home for many years, in the best interest of our child, our relationship with Pilgrim is over.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 15, 2008
We agree this school is unacceptable. Pilgrim needs a head of school, not a CFO. The student body resembles a public school. The cost of tuition far exceeds the quality of the education given. If you can pay, you can stay, regardless of behavior issues, i.e. bullying. We had hope to make Pilgrim our home for many years to come, but due to safety issues, low academic standards and the constant begging for money, we took our child out.

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July 13, 2008
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February 07, 2008
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December 10, 2007
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October 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2007
We are a new addition to the Pilgrim family and we love it! The academic curriculum and faculty are excellent. The focuses on literature, foreign language, science, music, technology and sports are all very impressive. This is a school that truly understands the importance of both a fine-tuned mind and body. The physical campus is terrific and provides well for the needs of all grade levels. The student body is more diverse than any of the MANY private schools we considered. We are especially pleased with the future-oriented administration that has a clear vision and plan for the school. The administration and staff are friendly,follow through on their promises and actually listen and respond to the feedback and suggestions of parents. A testament to the fabulousness of the school is the fact that our daughter never felt like a new student because she was embraced so warmly from the very beginning.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2007
We will not be returning to Pilgrim next year. In the years we've been at Pilgrim, we've seen the academic quality suffer along with student activities and after-school care. To me, school diversity means a representation of cultural backgrounds that is proportionate to the city in which it's located. There is over-representation, frankly, of two groups and under-representation everywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2007
Our child attends pilgrim and loves it. Administrators are very professional, helpful and friendly: including parents. Entry to this school was not fast, in fact our child needed to be observed by two teachers in a active class prior to acceptance. Our child's teacher can be described as modern day 'Mrs. Doubtfire [movie]Robin Williams-type'. Academics are challenging, facilities are in good shape. Huge parking and student drop-off express-way route. Security guard is active, friendly and like a hawk if he feels you don't belong there. Playgrounds are well kept and bathrooms are clean.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2007
I've enrolled our son at Pilgrims preschool program since december and he loves it. This is our fourth preschool for him and we think we've found a gem. Class size is small and the teachers are excellent. Curriculum is challenging and I definately will return for Junior kindergarden.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2007
My child is in his second year at Pilgrim, and I already see negative changes from his entry to now. The class sizes are not, in all cases, 'super small' - in fact, there seems to be a push to enroll as many kids as possible to increase the amount of tuition coming into the school. After school program has deteriorated since last year. Disorganized scholastic calendar. We will not be coming back to Pilgrim next year.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2006
Yes this school continues to evolve, a work in progress of sorts. And it does have potential. And as other parents have noted here, I find their comments to be accurate & very observant. Yes the school has had its share of problems but so have other pvt schools.But despite its probs - majority of the seniors do get into good colleges. I suggest parents really shop carefully & compare.

- submitted by a teacher
January 23, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2005
My daughter attended Pilgrim in third grade & has return for 6 grade.The quality of the school is not as good as one would expect for the price we pay.I am looking for a new school now for my daughter.Prior to attending Pilgrim she attended a wondeful school for two years but it closed down last June.

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October 10, 2005
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October 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2005
Overall the school is just great. Most of all the social life class helps my kid, Jas to establish her own being and acknowledge every moment of her being. I'm so satified of Pilgrim's teaching phisolosophy.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2005
The school has a great deal of potential but seems at present to be broiled in governance strife with the parent body (The First Congregrational Church of Los Angeles). The school leadership, faculty and staff are doing their very best they can to provide a quality academic program. My children have had a wonderful academic experience. They seem well prepared. The co-curricular program (interscholastic athletics, service learning opportunities, art, music, theatre, dance, character, physical and health education) needs to be more fully developed to maximize the learning total school program.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2005
Pilgrim is a great school for parents who want heavy emphasis on academic learning and memorization. It is not developmental or wholistic. It uses drill and practice. Class sizes are small. The school has an exceptional PE program. THe afterschool options are excellent and include dance, drama, karate, gymnastics, etc. Staff are caring. Too much emphasis on memorization and homework for my kids, not enough on thinking. ALso, although they say they encourage diversity of opinion, and do not push the Christian agenda, this absolutely was not the case; my kindergarten child came home and told me she learned in Chapel that we were going to Hell because we did not accept Jesus (we are not Christian). She no longer attends there.

- submitted by a teacher
April 25, 2005
Recurring governance conflicts may be undermining this church-owned school. Earlier this year, church trustees removed an interim headmaster who refused their demand to expel a student. This prompted the newly selected permanent headmaster to withdraw. Because of previous instances of intervention by church trustees, the school had been under pressure from accrediting agencies to incorporate and govern itself separately. Following the latest conflict, many parents are concerned about possible loss of accreditation. The school is facing a drop in enrollment for fall 2005 and a reduction in faculty.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2005
The teachers and staff at Pilgrim are fantastic. There are a wide variety of programs available for enrichment, and the campus is appealing to the eye, and safe. Unfortunately, enrollment is very low and that affects the socialization, despite the array of cultural backgrounds. In addition, like many public schools in Los Angeles, the parents may have too much control over the teachers, which is unfortunate.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2005
Pilgrim is a highly academic school with wonderful teachers. There is an interim headmaster, who has been in place for 3 years. Hopefully they will get it straightened out before too many families leave.

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January 17, 2005
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November 28, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2004
Pilgrim's diversity is great. It is one of the selling points of the school. Another great selling point is they seem to have mastered the art of making learning fun. My daughter reads better than anyone her age that I have ever seen and she reads for enjoyment. I have had a child in Pilgrim at the Kindergarten level and the other parents that I know who have Kindergarten through elementary level kids are happy. I hear complaints about lack of educational challenge from the parents of children who are above the sixth grade. Also, be prepared to pay for a quality elementary school education.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2004
My son started attending Pilgrim from preschool. I love the structure and discipline they teach the children. Academically the elementary school far exceeded our expectations.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2004
My daughter has attended Pilgrim for three years now and since her first year she has academically accelerated. She is more focused and enjoys going to school. The children are very friendly and the teachers and staff are excellent. I would advise any parent to consider sending their child to Pilgrim is they are looking for a school that will enrich their childs mind.

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Pilgrim School
540 South Commonwealth Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90020
(213) 355-5204
Last modified Pilgrim School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Pilgrim School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top