Pilgrim Lutheran School believes that each child is a unique gift of God. It is the purpose of Pilgrim Lutheran School to provide an academic environment for each of its students that offers a safe place for their spirits and their minds to grow. Pilgrim combines a nurturing environment with progressive programs and high academic standards. The school uses a "whole child" approach, focusing on academic, spiritual, emotional, social, and physical development based on the total well being of the child. The curriculum is designed to maintain the highest academic standards. It assures that faith development is an integral part of the process of growth and enables students to successfully achieve a positive place for themselves in society. The school is fully accredited by the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association and has earned recognition by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Pilgrim has a play-based early childhood program that allows young children to explore ideas that are important to them. Teachers have an overarching theme for the year and intermittent themes focused on topics of importance to young children. Students participate in 1 or 2 field trips each month related to the themes. The core texts about the theme also help to generate lessons in science, math, social studies and Christian studies.
In Grades 1-8, students continue to explore core texts related to themes suggested by state learning standards and standards developed by ELCA Schools. Students learn problem-solving skills in mathematics through the Everyday Math Program. Pilgrim curriculum incorporates project-based learning, student inquiry and writing across the curriculum. Because Pilgrim believes in teaching to the whole child, every child participates in a broad range of music, art and physical education. Every child also learns to articulate his/her own spirituality through the study of the Bible, leadership in school-wide Chapel, and service learning opportunities.
Pilgrim Lutheran School provides a high quality education within a nurturing Christian community so that each student will make positive contributions as courageous and active member of society.
Student Life Information
All program for 3, 4, & 5-year-olds are officially half day programs with the options for Extended Learning and Before and After School Care.
Grades 1 through 8 start school at 8:30 a.m.and run till 3:00 p.m. Every student has a 90 minute reading/English/language arts period with his/her grade level cohort and an hour math period with his/her grade level cohort. Every student has two 30 minute Spanish classes with a grade level cohort each week. Social studies, science, Christian studies, and p.e. are usually in a mixed grade homeroom group.
Pilgrim has 7 homeroom groups: Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grade 1 mixed with half of Grade 2; Half of Grade 2 mixed with all of Grade 3; All of Grade 4 mixed with Half of Grade 5; Half of Grade 5 mixed with all of Grade 6; and Grades 7 and 8. Grades 2 and 5 are split based on teacher recommendations (not according to ability).
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Pilgrim partners with Catapult Learning to provide tutoring service in reading and math for students who qualify under the provisions of Title I
Pilgrim partners with Genesis Counseling Services to provide support for students with executive functioning skills and for students who may have social/emotional learning needs that hinder their academic progress
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Pilgrim offers a wide variety of before school and after school activities, such as chess wizards, circus arts, dance/movement, super soccer stars, icooking classes, engineering and robotics, group guitar lessons, and opportunities for individual instruction in piano and violin.
For students in grades 4-8, band instruction is available each week. Pilgrim also offers instruction in choral singing from a professional opera singer. Every year Pilgrim students present a school-wide "operetta" complete with original music, costumes and sets.
Students in grades 4-8 may participate in interscholastic sports: cross country, girls and boys volleyball, girls and boys basketball, bowling and track.