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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.