Pilgrim at a Glance

Pilgrim School, founded in 1958, is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school for students in Preschool through Grade 12. The school is located in Wilshire Center, 10 minutes from Silver Lake and Echo Park, and 15 minutes from Hancock Park.  Pilgrim School attracts a student body that reflects the city's diverse population.

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  • We are a city school...

    where individual talents, contributions and skills yield a richer and more dynamic community.Where academic skills are applied to real-world challenges and opportunities. Los Angeles is our city. The California Science Center, Disney Music Hall, The Getty, LACMA, Chinatown, the Natural History Museum, the Fowler Museum at UCLA, MoCA, Venice Beach and art galleries, the Endeavour, the Museum of Tolerance, Skirball Center, the Los Angeles Zoo, the Grammy Museum — these are a few of our classrooms. 
  • Early Education

    Pilgrim School provides a rich and nurturing environment in which children are able to grow, play, and develop at their own pace. We foster their different learning styles and respect their individuality. During our day, we provide opportunities for indoor and outdoor play, music, art, ballet, and age appropriate academic readiness to prepare them for their future education. The focus on the whole child provides a foundation for a healthy and well-educated person.
  • Elementary School (K-5)

    Our elementary school is a safe environment for children to grow, learn, and play. Small class sizes allow for enriched open-ended learning opportunities within a challenging academic program that promotes independent and critical thinking skills, encourages inquiry and investigation, and emphasizes independent thinking. The close community of faculty, staff, and families fosters empathy and social awareness as well as a sense of belonging. Students enter secondary school eager to learn, and with a curiosity about the world around them.
  • Secondary School (6-12)

    Pilgrim secondary students continue their progress from readiness to full participation in the world of young adulthood. They find themselves poised to integrate the lessons of heart, mind, and soul. As students meet the greater demands of Middle and High School, they find the support of attentive and caring teachers complemented by new learning tools. Access to technology — including individual iPads and laptops, media, and choice, encourages students to take risks within Pilgrim’s community of academic, athletic, artistic, and civic leadership. Students graduate with a strong sense of their potential, and a readiness to participate actively and thoughtfully as adults in the world.
  • Matriculation

    Pilgrim students all go on to pursue education at a higher level, and are accepted into Ivy League, as well as smaller liberal arts schools, top art institutions, and international colleges such as the Sorbonne and Oxford. What is most important about our students’ matriculation however, is the process of pairing the student with the right school. College counselors, faculty, and the Head of School all work together with each student and family, discussing each student’s dreams, abilities, needs, and interests when choosing a school. Students have guidance throughout the application process, including workshops on essay writing, applying for financial assistance, and interview techniques.

Pilgrim School Testimonials

"Any school that can see each student as an individual, and be a guide to each child's unique potential, has delivered.  If at the same time, the school can provide an environment of support and joyfulness, well then the school has over delievered.  Cheers to Pilgrim for doing both."  Sandra D./Secondary Parent.

"Pilgrim school is a wonderful, caring school.  The friendly staff nurture, support and educate the children in an encouraging and positive environment.  My daughter loves going to Pilgrim and we are proud to be part of the Pilgrim School family."  Alicja A./Elementary Parent

"Pilgrim is so much more than our kids' school. It is a welcoming, caring, thoughtful community.  Our children are in their sixth year at Pilgrim, and it is not an overstatement to say it is their second home.  From the teachers to the yard staff to the office administration to the other students and parents, they feel supported and encouraged to learn and thrive and to become their best selves.  It is a vibrant and stimulating educational environment, where they have found not only a deep love of learning and thinking and questioning, but also a community that makes them feel safe, secure and loved." Rebecca S./Elementary Parent

"Supportive and understanding school administration.  Caring and dedicated faculty and staff.  Older children demonstrate care and love to the younger ones at Pilgrim."  Liyan W./Early Ed parent and Secondary Faculty Member

"Pilgrim School is a very special place, it is not only a school but a place where children come to learn, grow and connect with others in a way that form lifelong friendships.  Our students are challenged by our dedicated and caring teachers who work collectively to fulfill our school's mission and values in each lesson everyday."  Sonia R./Early Ed Faculty


We grow...

artists: the dreamers and creators
scientists: inquisitive and curious learners
writers: storytellers and poets, journalists and historians
mathematicians: problem solvers and deep thinkers
community leaders: advocates, activists, and agents of change
athletes: strong, confident, and passionate teammates
musicians: the novice to the virtuoso

Student Body

423

Faculty

77

Accredited

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)

Membership

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)

The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)