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4300 North Winchester Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613

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April 10, 2015
We have been at Pilgrim since three year old preschool (about 4 years for our oldest child) and I also did my student teaching for my education degree with Mrs. Tighe in the 4/5 classroom. I am constantly amazed buy all the wonderful aspects of this school- the teachers care, classes are small, kids are taught to REALLY consider and help others and they do well academically. I think this is a hidden gem in the city. I sub in the upper grades and every one of those kids is polite, kind, caring, smart and creative. They can be themselves and are just respectful teenagers (is that an anomaly? :) who look out for one another and are really great kids. We couldn't be happier with our choice.

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March 28, 2015
I'm a grateful Pilgrim parent for 8 years & advocate the exceptional academic standards in a safe & loving setting. Pilgrim's a trusted organization, treasured by friendly families in a safe neighborhood. We've lived close to Pilgrim 17 years prior to children & know the positive spirit, cheerful students & service to our area from the teachers as well - it's a joy! Pilgrim was part of the reason we chose to live here. We know Pilgrim offers the highest quality for education & safety for our child. Pilgrim keeps quantitatively high academic standards in a constructive & buoyant learning environment inviting to all faiths. Acknowledged for their talents, the students are secure & know themselves! The experienced teachers have a broad approach, combining academic, emotional and social education . Our kids are conscientious, critical thinkers & problem solvers with a clear outlook. They know service, ethics, tolerance & cultural diversity. Pilgrim's 7th /8th graders are guided through the process to selective secondary schools with success. We believe our graduates are courageous & principled citizens, empowered to flourish in a changing world. Pilgrim is a gem to be shared!

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March 23, 2015
Pilgrim provides a wonderful education in a nuturing environment. Every teacher knows every child's name and who they are. Pilgrim also provides a welcoming community for parents. We couldn't be happier with our choice for our daughter.

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March 23, 2015
When I was looking for a school for my sons, Riley and Connor, I was overwhelmed with my choices. I was looking for a school that had a safe and loving climate, but also was academically rigorous for my children. I was lucky to find all of this and more at Pilgrim! My boys LOVE school. They love their principal, teachers and friends. They LOVE learning and this to me is the best testament to Pilgrim Lutheran. As a parent, I couldn't want more for my children. The education they are receiving in the core subject areas is excellent. Pilgrim also has a strong arts program that is missing in many of the schools. The added bonus is that Pilgrim helps reenforce our family values such as helping the less fortunate thourgh service projects and being mindful of others. I feel very fortunate to have found Pilgrim.

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March 23, 2015
i am a long time parent and volunteer. Both of my sons attended Pilgrim from the Early Childhood 3 year old program - 8th grade. My older son attends Northside College Prep. H.S.. My younger son will graduate this spring and will be attending Whitney Young H.S. this fall. My sons both thrived at Pilgrim. They enjoyed the small classes. They were encouraged to be individuals. The teachers provide a nurturing environment while holding all the students to strong academic standards. I never worried about them. I knew they were getting the best education in the best environment. Pilgrim has a very special quality that is hard to put into words. I know it helped shape my sons into the caring, intelligent young men they are today. Pilgrim is a place to grow, explore, learn and succeed.

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March 17, 2015
Pilgrim truly does provide Academic Excellence with a Heart! The play-based approach in Early Childhood years allows students to explore and ask questions that develop higher level thinking skills. By 3rd grade, Pilgrim students have developed the comprehension and problem-solving skills that allow them to score well above average on standardized testing. Every member of the class of 2015 who applied to CPS selective enrollment got in! Pilgrim also allows kids to explore their highest potential in the arts, the sciences, and on the playing field. Pilgrim nurtures the spirit of each child. We enjoy significant religious diversity within our student body, while affirming our identity as a Christ-centered school in the Lutheran tradition. Students learn service through the Pilgrim Kids Care program in partnership with local social service groups and our partner schools. Students study the stories in the Bible and share them through weekly chapel. Pilgrim encourages reflection and discussion that builds students into leaders in the school and in the world.

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February 22, 2015
What a great school! We have been here for five years and have children in 4th and 2nd grade. Our kids have thrived here, both socially and academically. The smaller class sizes mean lots of personal attention and interaction between the grades, with older kids helping younger. As a parent, there many different ways to help and I always feel like school administration really listens to our suggestions. There are many improvements underway - from a new science lab to upgraded playlot - driven largely by parent involvement. Our kids are very happy in this safe, nurturing environment, and this is reflected in grades, test scores and a real love of school.

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February 22, 2015
We had planned to send our child to CPS, but the high class sizes and emphasis on testing left us searching for an alternative. We feel so lucky to have found Pilgrim. While CPS has moved to an exhausting 7 hour kindergarten day, Pilgrim still offers a half day program, with an option to stay full day from 1 to 5 days a week, for a total of 6 hours a day. Instead of feeling like I'm sending our child off to an education factory, I feel like she is getting everything that was important to me in a school - a loving faculty that guides instead of punishes, a rich curriculum, and plenty of time to play and eat. The before/after school program is fantastic and offers additional options like circus arts, dance, and soccer. Hot lunches are tasty, local, and organic. While the school itself is not very diverse, the students interact throughout the year with Pablo Casals Elementary and St. Paul's Dorchester. The principal is accessible and is continually implementing ideas to improve an already great school. Parents are welcome to volunteer as much or as little as they wish. There is Spanish, band, choir, volleyball, basketball, and track. It really is the best of all worlds.

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February 20, 2015
We've been parents of Pilgrim students for 9 years now, starting in early childhood 3 year old program up through junior high. The classes are small, the teachers are dedicated, experienced and they genuinely care for our children. The older children become leaders for the younger ones. From the play-based learning approach in early childhood to the upper grades academic challenges, the school educates the whole child and I feel strongly that our children will be well prepared for high school when the time comes. Parent volunteers are a big part of this school. I have been a parent there for quite some time now, and I do have ideas for improvement. The new administration listens and welcomes your ideas, your volunteer efforts and helps you get your plan into action. Other parents are great support for our family as well. It is a small community in a big city.

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February 04, 2015
We just moved our son this year to Pilgrim, and we couldn't be happier. The teachers have a love of teaching that shows through. They get excited about what they are teaching and in turn, gets my son excited. My son used to say he hated school, something that was so hard to hear, but I NEVER hear this anymore. He loves it there. I also see a peace in him that is hard to describe. I see him smiling and being himself. I think it comes from feeling safe to be himself and not fear being teased. The teachers do not tolerate meanness, and work to develop the children's character. Its a school filled with really nice kids that are confident in themselves, that in turn allow others to grow in confidence in themselves. I'm extremely impressed and very pleased with the school.

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February 02, 2015
Pilgrim has been such a safe, nurturing environment for our son, with rigorous academics that make me confident he'll be ready on day 1 of high school. The class sizes are very small and experienced teachers know that each child learns differently. Kids grow up at Pilgrim with confidence, imagination, laughter and a sense of how they can help others.

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February 02, 2015
The teachers, staff, and students at Pilgrim really stand in strong contrast to the other schools in the area (in a positive way). Pilgrim emphasizes a small class size where teachers are able to do a great deal of education that is tailored to the specific student. This has led to Pilgrim students having test scores better than their neighboring schools and admittance rates to selective enrollment high schools that is truly amazing.

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February 02, 2015
Pilgrim Lutheran School is a special place that strives for both academic excellence and a caring heart. The highly experienced teachers look for creative ways to challenge students. My son graduated from Pilgrim well prepared for Lane Tech academically but also with understanding of serving others. In addition to strong academics, My two daughters (grades 7 & 5) participate in sports teams, choir, band and chapel. There is a friendly community of families and parents are encouraged to volunteer.

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February 02, 2015
I am new to the teaching staff of Pilgrim. I have been a teacher in Lutheran schools for 25 years; Pilgrim is a fabulous place to be every day, and a great place to work and learn. The students are talented and highly motivated. The parents are supportive and encouraging. The staff is knowledgable, professional, and compassionate. Students with special needs are attended to in a variety of ways. The service projects, which involve all students throughout the year, give Pilgrim an 'outward bound' direction. The spirit of Christ and service abounds. I can think of no reason to not enroll in this fine place.

- submitted by a teacher

January 20, 2015
Pilgrim Lutheran School (PreK-8) is a hidden gem in the city, located in the heart of a residential neighborhood on Cullom and Winchester. We have two daughters (3rd grade and Kindergarten) who have both attended since preschool. I cannot say enough about the excellent, experienced teachers, who manage to provide the highest level of education in such a warm and nurturing environment. It is amazing how well the teachers know each student (not just the ones in their classroom) and how much they care for them as individuals. Pilgrim also partners older students with younger students, which paves the way for them to move to the upper grades with confidence. Additionally, nearly 75 percent of graduates who applied were accepted into selective-enrollment high schools. By the time the students graduate, they are not only well-prepared for high school, but also to be compassionate leaders in the community.

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July 26, 2014
Pilgrim is an awesome school... from the small class sizes, to the rigorous academics, to the supportive community of parents... it has been a perfect atmosphere in the city for my kids

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July 26, 2014
My school has made such a great impact on my kids... they learn so much and receive so much love and encouragement, they really excel at this school!

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January 11, 2014
This school is wonderful. Its where I grew up. My best friends, my favorite teachers, and my awesome princepal are all here. I have been at this school kindergarten-5th and it has been nothing but fun. Thanks for giving me such a great time. - - - Anonymus

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October 26, 2013
I recommend this school without hesitation, up to the fourth grade. severe that grade, I cannot do so.

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September 28, 2013
School hadnt even started by Aug. 29 so how do you know things were falling apart? Its just a transition period, Pilgrim will come out fine.

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August 29, 2013
I love this school, but it's falling apart. It has really nice and wonderful teachers, but it still changes as we speak.

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June 17, 2013
I have been to 'Pilgrim' for 6 years now. The teachers are wonderful, kind, nice, very understanding and help with any problem. (I recommend Ms. Tighe!) The education has been wonderful, and I've learned a lot. If you have difficulties with homework, learning, etc. they will help you. The kids are VERY nice and get along well. I recommend greatly to go to this wonderful school. The school may be small, but we learn a lot. The teachers, parents, etc. help the needy by doing fun raisers, food drives, and other ways. (The kids pitch in too!) We learn many subjects some places might not have like Spanish and Technology. Every year grades PK-3 do a annual operetta. (or play) Classes 4-6 take turns and do a educational play. (Social Studies.) I have stayed there Kindergarten-5th grade and so far, I have loved every second of it. -Student

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January 18, 2011
My child has been going to Pilgrim for nine years and is about to graduate. From the moment I walked into the school all those years ago, I was struck by the family-like atmosphere. Everyone student and adult alike--seemed upbeat and friendly. Though I was a bit concerned initially about the small school size, I would now say that it s absolutely ideal for young children. The ability to grow up within such secure confines is a wonderful gift to give a child. The feeling is almost like that of an extended family. As I ve watched my son s classmates grow up, I would have to say that all of them are well-behaved, well-rounded, and ready to make a positive contribution to society.

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October 04, 2010
My 3 children love going to school at Pilgrim Lutheran (grades PK, 1 and 5 - this is our 7th year there). I am grateful to the principal, the teachers and other parents for their commitment to the students and to each other as a thriving community. My children are taught how to learn and to love to learn. The bonus at Pilgrim is that there is also an emphasis on being a caring and responsible part of the greater community.

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September 13, 2010
My experiences of Pilgrim have been very positive. As a parent of children who have been in the lower and upper grades, I think the school s motto Academic Excellence with a Heart is definitely true. Pilgrim offers low class sizes, teachers who instill an attitude that learning is fun, a nurturing environment, and a strong emphasis on parent involvement. Students here are valued and encouraged for who they are at whatever level they are at. Parents have multiple opportunities to be involved in the school during the school day as well as evenings or on your own time. While there are no mandatory requirements, it will make an important impact on your children to know you are involved at least at some level. Pilgrim turns out graduates who have excelled not only academically but also as human beings.

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September 02, 2010
Pilgrim is a wonderful caring community of both teachers and families that work together to create a supportive learning environment for all children. There is a lot of interaction between the older and the younger grades which only helps support the feeling of community. Pilgrim also has amazing programs to support the community in different ways. I think that many of these experiences build kids confidence and helps them become just all around good people. My family has been very happy there for a number of years.

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August 25, 2010
Although the school is small, I have not felt the "warmth" that so many families speak about. I have found that the school is not diverse and parents seem to be stuck in their own social groups. I have not seen much differentiation in the classroom instruction or tracking of student progress in the primary grades. I think teachers mean well and care about students, but are not all using modern teaching methods or meeting all the needs of their students. I think the early childhood program is very strong, but as you go up in the grade levels, I have found teachers do not provide students with much support academically.

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July 16, 2010
A small cozy school that mostly has dedicated teachers , but after having my daughter attend till 5th grade we left . The 6th grade teacher only teaches part time and shares the class room with a retired teacher who teaches art and social studies . Once you are in the upper grades you realize that grades are emphasized but the curriculum can be pieced together and haphazard . If your child loves track and basketball there are teams to enjoy but all games will be played at another school because they have no gym . Volunteering is strongly encouraged because there are only two aids in the lower grades . The science program is still a fledgling program and needs organization , there is no lab . The support for LD is fine and headed by a fine teacher . Very tightly knit community .

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April 19, 2010
Small school, dedicated staff, academic excellence with a heart!

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October 03, 2009
I love Pilgrim because of the Teachers, Staff and Families. It's like a great big family! I can not say enough wonderful things about Pilgrim! My 5 year old Daughter in K now) loves her school and has been here for the past 2 years of 3 & 4 year old preschool.

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December 17, 2008
We've only been at this school for a few months, but so it has been absolutely fabulous. The curriculum, the teachers, and even the activities available for such a small school are amazing. Not to mention that the kids get two recesses a day - at a time when it's hard to find a CPS school that offers even one.

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May 27, 2008
Our eldest daughter started at Pilgrim in kindergarten and is now in 5th grade; our youngest started in EC and is now in 1st grade. We feel grateful every day to have found this hidden gem right in our neighborhood. Our girls have thrived in the small-school setting, where they get lots of individual attention. No one slips through the cracks; on the contrary, students of all abilities thrive at Pilgrim. Pilgrim students go on to some of the most selective high schools in the city (Northside, Payton, Jones, etc.) and do well because they've gotten a solid academic education and lots of confidence and caring for others. All children are involved in social service projects (even preschoolers!). Curriculum highlights include Spanish starting in Early Childhood, the U of Chicago mathematics program and ARTSmart. The parents and kids are great here, too. We love this school!!!!

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January 07, 2008
We heard about Pilgrim when our daughter was a baby so were very familiar with its reputation prior to our enrollment. We didn't even apply to any of the CPS schools mainly because of class size. The best thing about Pilgrim is the individual attention, warmth, and respect that the children receive. Kindness, accountability, and the cultivating of a social conscience are stressed here. It is a gem of a school.

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November 06, 2007
Our daughter attends Pilgrim and it is such a great environment. She is really thriving there - the teachers are incredible. Pilgrim is a great community of families, too - very welcoming and supportive. We are really lucky to be a part of it. I can't say enough about how great this school is.

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June 14, 2007
Outstanding school. Warm, welcoming environment. Excellent, innovating and caring teachers. No students fall through the cracks. Children succeed at Pilgrim, high school, and beyond. This is an exceptional school.

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October 04, 2006
My daughter is in the 2nd grade at Pilgrim and she's been there since kindergarten. Its a very small, safe and friendly neighborhood school. Pilgrim boasts of test scores that are well above average. So far, I am very pleased with the individual attention my daughter has received. Since it is a small school with a limited budget, the extracurricular activities are also limited. However, the school does have girls & boys basketball teams, a track & field team and volleyball. There are also musical groups for kids of all ages. Pilgrim has just started a foreign language program and will be expanding it science curriculum soon. BTW, the tuition is very affordable for a private school.

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Pilgrim is recognized by the State of Illinois and accredited by ELCA Schools. Pilgrim is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (www.elca.org). We enjoy significant religious diversity within our student body, while affirming our identity as a Christian school in the Lutheran tradition.

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Pilgrim Lutheran School
4300 North Winchester Avenue, Chicago, IL  60613
(773) 477-4824
Last modified Pilgrim Lutheran School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Pilgrim Lutheran School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top