Details overview

Hours 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
School leader Chris Comella
Transportation options Yes
Preschool capacity 12


Basic school information

Dress code Dress code
Religious affiliation ELCA Lutheran
Schedule Traditional
Day or Boarding offered Day school
Type of school Faith-based
Coed/Single-gender Coed

Academic focus and philosophy

Educational philosophy and approach to learning Pilgrim believes in a whole child approach. Our Early Childhood program for 3, 4, & 5 year-olds is play-based. We want students to ask how and why questions to develop critical thinking skills. We use core texts for reading rather than a textbook or scripted program. Teachers seek to supply students with books at their instructional level and that are of interest to them. Our math instruction is based on the Everyday Math Program developed at the University of Chicago.
Academic themes / Areas of focus Religious
Instructional / curriculum models used Multi-aged classrooms


Visual Arts
including: Drawing / Sketching
including: Band
including: Spanish
Music Band
Choir / Chorus
Instrumental and theory music lessons
Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing & written arts Drama
Media arts Video and film production
Visual arts Drawing / Sketching
World languages taught Spanish
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered None


including: Kitchen
Facilities Garden / Greenhouse
Multi-purpose room ("Cafegymatorium")
Chapel / spiritual reflection center
Extra learning resources (misc.) Title One
Extra learning resources Counseling
Special education program details Pilgrim partners with Aspire to provide support for learning assistance both inside and outside of the classroom.
Special education programs Inclusive classroom
Level of special education programming Moderate - school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
English Language Learner program details Pilgrim does not currently have any students who need ELL services.
Level of ESL/ELL programming None

Early childhood program

Early childhood program offered Yes
Type of center In-school
Early childhood starting age 3 years old
Days open Monday
Requirements for attending Children should be potty-trained.
Payment schedule Monthly
Financial aid options Sibling Discount
Preschool meals offered Morning Snack
Afternoon Snack
Typical day and activities Pilgrim advocates a play-based curriculum for Early Childhood. The year is organized around a central theme and divided up in shorter units radiating from field trip experiences. Our 1/2-day programs include class meeting, free play time, instructional time on the carpet that highlights reading a theme-related story and extended with math, science and social studies activities. The day also includes recess, gross motor skills exercises, and snack. Extended learning builds on these activities.
Required credentials for lead staff Bachelor's degree
Teaching credential
% of early learning staff that holds a credential or certification 76%-100%
Maximum number of infants per adult 0
Maximum number of toddlers per adult 0
Maximum number of 2 year olds per adult 0
Maximum number of 3 year olds per adult 10
Maximum number of 4 year olds per adult 10
Maximum number of kindergartners per adult 18
Maximum number of school-age children per adult 18

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Student diversity

  This school State average
White 90% 51%
Hispanic 3% 24%
Black 3% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: See notes


Girls Sports
including: Cross country
Boys Sports
including: Basketball
including: Yearbook
Girls sports Basketball
Cross country
PE classes
Boys sports Basketball
Cross country
PE classes
Clubs Chess club
Student council / government
Clubs (misc.) Circus Arts
Extended care / Extended programs Before
Before school start time 07:15 AM
After school end time 06:00 PM


Parent involvement (misc.) Organize school-wide celebrations
Parent involvement Attend parent nights
Chaperone school trips
Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
Join PTO / PTA
Organize cultural events
Organize fundraising events
Serve on school improvement team or governance council
Volunteer in the classroom
Volunteer time after school
Students typically continue on to these schools Northside College Prep High School
  Whitney Young High School
  Von Steuben
Parent involvement details Parents are full partners with the Pilgrim staff in ensuring academic excellence with a heart. Parents work and volunteer every school day, supporting the academic, social, physical and spiritual development of all Pilgrim students. Pilgrim welcomes parent involvement, but does not requirement any commitment from parents beyond sending their children to school ready to learn.
Approach to addressing and preventing bullying Pilgrim Lutheran School does not tolerate physical bullying, emotional/relational bullying or ostracism among the student body. This also applies to cyber-bullying. Teachers and staff provide classroom instruction and experiences for bullying prevention. Parents work with teachers and staff to identify any possible incidents of bullying and eradicate them.


Community service award Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation Dream Award
Year received 2014
Academic award ELCA Schools Commendations for Excellence
Year received 2015
Academic award Lutheran School League Science Olympiad Team Award
Year received 2014


including: Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Staff Coach(es)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
School counselor
Teacher aide / assistant teacher
World languages spoken by staff French


Transportation options Accessible via public transportation
Partnerships with local resources and organizations No


Application/ enrollment process details We have rolling admissions. Prospective parents are encouraged to complete the application form and submit with the application fee. More details at our website
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Application requirements Application
Application fee
Type of application deadline Rolling
Application submission begins 09/01/2015
Application deadline 08/31/2016
Application fee amount $125
Application fee waivers available? Yes
Tuition range (low) $4000
Tuition range (high) $7000
For the year 2015-2016
Financial aid offered School-based aid
Vouchers accepted No


Student diversity NCES, 2011-2012