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 Koreatown, 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.
  • We are a mastery-based school...

    At the core of our educational philosophy is our commitment to mastery-based learning.  At Pilgrim, the student is at the center of the learning, focusing on growth, continuous improvement, and mastery of essential skills.  Students engage in authentic and challenging learning experiences to develop an understanding of themselves as learners and what they need to reach their goals.

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  • Early Education

    Pilgrim School provides a rich and nurturing environment where children grow, play, and develop at their own pace.  During our day, we provide opportunities for indoor and outdoor play, music, art, science explorations, and other age-appropriate academic readiness activities to prepare our youngest learners for their future education. In addition, our Reggio-inspired program focuses on the whole child providing a rich foundation for a healthy and well-educated person.

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  • Elementary School (K-5)

    Our Elementary School offers a safe environment where children grow, learn, and play. Small class sizes allow for personal attention and deep relationships between students and teachers.   Our challenging academic program requires students to be reflective learners, create and monitor learning goals, and self-evaluate their learning practices.  Our students use critical thinking skills,  inquiry and investigation, and collaborative learning in all subject areas.   Our close community of faculty, staff, and families fosters empathy and social awareness, and a sense of belonging. As a result, students are ready for the challenges of middle school and prepared to dive deeper into their learning and relationships.

    Learn more about Elementary School.
  • Secondary School (6-12)

    Secondary School students continue their progress from readiness to full participation in the world of young adulthood. We provide a challenging academic program in a way that promotes deep and enduring learning, development of critical skills, knowledge, and patterns of thinking, and allows all learners to develop their passion, voice, and purpose. As students meet the greater demands of Middle and High School, they continue to find the support of attentive and caring teachers within an inclusive and welcoming social environment. As a result, students graduate with a strong sense of their potential and readiness to participate actively and thoughtfully as adults in the world.

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  • Matriculation

    Throughout High School, students work closely with our Director of Achievement and College Planning to help them learn about themselves and find their passions.  This work culminates with students all going on to pursue learning at a higher level.  All students receive personal attention throughout the college application process to help students find the college that matches their interests and goals.  As a result, Pilgrim students are accepted into a wide range of schools, from top universities to smaller liberal arts colleges to art schools and beyond.

    Learn more about College Planning.

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-delivered.  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 forms 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 every day."  Sonia R./Early Ed Faculty
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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

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