Pilgrim Lutheran School

Pilgrim Lutheran School

North Center/Ravenswood and the surrounding neighborhoods
4300 N. Winchester Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613-1016


John Murphy – Principal


About Pilgrim Lutheran School

Pilgrim Lutheran is committed to high-level academics and believes educating the whole child gives students the best chance to reach their full potential. The class size average is 14 students, ensuring all children get individual attention. Student leadership is fostered in weekly student-led chapel services and acts of service rooted in the values discussed in class and chapel. Pilgrim students become active and courageous members of society.

The Early Childhood program at Pilgrim utilizes a play-based approach. Research has shown long-term benefits of play-based learning in developing socially competent learners who are creative problem solvers.

In grades 1-8, teachers utilize a comprehensive curriculum to engage students in all subjects. The Workshop Method promotes student choice, giving them a voice in determining what they read, and Project-Based Learning brings to life social science lessons. Pilgrim partnered with the Museum of Science and Industry to develop a science curriculum and developed a collaboration with St. Ben’s Catholic School to ensure that gifted students can take high-level math courses through the advanced math program.


Academic Success:

The Pilgrim approach to education has garnered tremendous academic success for students:

  • 80% of Pilgrim students score above the 50th percentile in reading and math on the NWEA MAP test.
  • 50% of Pilgrim students score above the 80th percentile in reading and math on the NWEA MAP.
  • In the last 7 years, over 95% of graduates have been accepted into their 1st choice high school.
  • In the last 5 years, 45% of Pilgrim graduates have gone on to CPS Selective Enrollment High Schools, in addition to admission to IB programs at Taft and Amundsen, Honors program at Von Steuben and the Arts Program at Lincoln Park.


  • Full recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education
  • Accreditation by the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association
  • Principal Chris Comella, National Association of Elementary School Principal’s (NAESP) Distinguished Principal 2018

Student Body: Coed

Grade Levels: PK 3 & 4, K-8

Extended Schedules

  • Before School
  • After School

Programs and Services

  • Sports Teams

After school enrichment programs

  • Drama
  • Choirs
  • Parent volunteer program

School Tours

School tours are scheduled by filling out the application form.

From Our Parents