High School | Grades 9-12

We cultivate compassionate and engaged citizens rooted in the core values of diversity and inclusion, who continuously strive for personal excellence through innovation and creativity, and who are committed to the Pilgrim School and Los Angeles communities.

Our High School program supports students in developing individual voice, personal leadership, and autonomy as they approach the greater independence and responsibility of adulthood.

Our High School offers a rigorous and engaging college preparatory program within a small and supportive environment.  Through challenging coursework, engaging teachers, and a caring community, students are well prepared to meet the challenges of adulthood and life beyond Pilgrim.

Every student in our High School program has a unique schedule of classes designed to meet their goals, interests, and passions.  Students meet with the Director of Secondary and Director of Achievement to plan their High School experience. This carefully crafted program and personal attention are tangible advantages of our smaller size.  

Curriculum Overview

List of 9 items.

  • English

    The goal of the English Department is to develop clear and meaningful communication through reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  Students learn to think critically, effectively express ideas, and examine varied interpretations of literature through reading for information and pleasure.  We engage in a diverse selection of texts and regularly update the pieces that students read.

    Courses include:
    Writing Composition
    Ancient World Literature
    Modern World Literature
    American Literature
    English Literature
    AP English Literature and Composition
    AP English Language and Composition
    Creative Writing

    Students are required to take four years of English.
  • Mathematics

    The Mathematics department strives to create critical thinkers who embrace problem-solving as a creative process by encouraging students to explore first. Students use their failures and successes to develop learning pathways that are meaningful, interesting, and inspiring. They understand mathematics as a global language and engage in authentic applications across borders and boundaries. 
    Students in high school expand upon the foundation built in middle school to more challenging coursework. All students entering Pilgrim take an assessment to determine the appropriate course level.

    Courses include:
    Algebra 1
    Algebra 2
    AP Calculus AB
    AP Calculus BC
    AP Statistics

    Students are required to take three years of mathematics up to Algebra 2.
  • Science

    The Science Department prepares students to be curious, creative scientists knowledgeable in scientific processes, precise in their measurements, thoughtful in their conclusions, and skeptical of scientific claims. Students engage in authentic, self-directed inquiry to develop a global, ethical, and robust understanding of scientific principles and problem-solving strategies. Through independent and collaborative work, students find meaning and connection with the world around them.

    Courses include:
    Environmental Sustainability
    AP Biology
    AP Chemistry

    Students are required to take three years of science, with at least one year each of physical and life science.
  • Social Studies

    The Social Studies Department facilitates students’ development toward becoming engaged community members at all levels. Students form their responses to thematic questions in social sciences through an inquiry-based curriculum, research projects, and analysis of primary sources. Students engage with multiple perspectives - traditional narratives alongside historically excluded stories and voices. Students will build an understanding of the relationship between past and present to shape a better future.
    Courses include:
    Global Studies
    U.S. History
    AP Human Geography
    AP Psychology
    AP U.S. History
    Comparative Government
    Entrepreneurial Studies
    Students are required to take three years of social studies, with at least one year of U.S. History and one year of world history.
  • World Language

    The World Language department immerses students in the target language and culture of the course. Language learning is an opportunity to expand knowledge while gaining respect, understanding, and enjoyment for people worldwide. Students use the language to communicate with others and take pride in their ability to do so.
    Students can take either Spanish or Mandarin. Students can enter High School beginning at Level 1 or take a placement assessment to determine the appropriate level within the target language.
    Spanish courses include:
    Spanish 1-5
    Spanish Film and Conversations
    AP Spanish Language
    AP Spanish Literature
    Chinese courses include:
    Chinese 1-5
    AP Chinese Language
    Students are required to take three years of world language in high school.
  • Arts

    The arts program at Pilgrim nurtures individuality and encourages the student to find their creative voice while integrating cultural traditions, history, core skills, and innovative technology. We believe exposure to and participation in the visual and performing arts can create not only artists, but art lovers, art supporters, and members of a community that values the creative spirit. We aim to provide a safe artistic platform from which the students can leap into the world as inquisitive thinkers and fearless doers.  To learn more about our overall arts program, click here.

    Studio Art courses include:
    2D Art Foundations
    3D Art Foundations
    Advanced 2D Art
    Advanced 3D Art
    L.A. Art Experience
    Studio Art Portfolio Development

    Digital Art and Film courses include:
    Digital Video Production
    Introduction to Digital Filmmaking
    Ship's In Production
    Beat Lab

    Performing Arts courses include:
    High School Dance
    Theater Arts
    AP Music Theory

    Students are required to take at least one year of art.
  • Engineering and Computer Science

    The Engineering and Computer Science Department prepares students to be ethical and equitable problem solvers who can effectively address the complexity of our modern, globalized world. Students can take four years of engaging coursework within each discipline.  Classes include:

    Introduction to Engineering Design
    Principles of Engineering
    Aerospace Engineering
    Digital Electronics Engineering
    Environmental Sustainability

    Computer Science
    Introduction to Programming
    Web Design
    Data Structures
    Game Design

    Students are required to take one year of either engineering or computer science.
  • Physical Education

    The Physical Education department empowers the vision that everyone is a student-athlete. Through interdisciplinary design and strategy/teamwork, our Physical Literacy staff looks to facilitate continuing education in the world of play and athletics.

    High School students may fulfill their requirements either by engaging in the High School PE or Strength Training courses or participating in one of our athletics teams.  To learn more about Pilgrim Athletics, click here.

    Students are required to take two years or six seasons of PE/athletics.
  • Advisory

    The Advisory program in the Secondary School is a weekly, small group time for students and advisors to work together to strengthen community relationships through conversations and activities. The focus of advisory is building interpersonal relationships, communicating and having discussions, responsible decision making, global understanding, and emotional intelligence. Advisory is an open and safe space for students to approach topics of concern within the school, their lives, or their community with the support of an invested and engaged adult.

    Advisory meets weekly in High School.

High School Leadership

List of 7 members.

  • Photo of Ryan Grady

    Mr. Ryan Grady 

    Director of Secondary School
  • Photo of Robin Lau

    Ms. Robin Lau 

    Director of Achievement and College Planning
  • Photo of Dorian Maynard

    Dorian Maynard 

    Secondary-English Faculty; 10th-12th Grade Dean
  • Photo of Jonathan Woods

    Jonathan Woods 

    Secondary-History Faculty; 8th and 9th Grade Dean
  • Photo of Ryan Oishi

    Ryan Oishi 

    Secondary-STEM Faculty; Dean of Student Life
  • Photo of Jason Ickovitz

    Jason Ickovitz 

    School Counselor & Advisor
  • Photo of Nora Kiely

    Ms. Nora Kiely 

    Director of Student Services