Education and Experience Create Individuals at Pilgrim School

DTLA - The Pilgrim approach to education is summed up in the phrase: “A Pilgrim student is involved, kind and known.” 

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Small classes, dedicated faculty and a truly nurturing environment, combined with a rigorous, college-prep curriculum in grades K-12, are the hallmarks of a Pilgrim education. The distinctive Reggio-Emilia approach in Early Education starting at age two places the emphasis on child-centered, play-based learning from the beginning. Pilgrim’s Downtown location makes it possible for students to experience the city of Los Angeles as an extension of their classroom, and the classically beautiful campus offers a city experience in a peaceful setting.  

The heart of a Pilgrim education is the individual student. The wide range of curricular and extra-curricular possibilities, ranging from computer programming and art portfolio development to AP physics and theater arts, along with an extensive choice of sports teams and community service opportunities, mean that every Pilgrim student will find something new to try, and many ways to be involved. 

Language education begins in kindergarten and every student studies either Mandarin or Spanish, with most achieving fluency by high school. The Mayflower House boarding program brings students from all over the world to the Commonwealth Avenue campus and greatly enriches the community. Pilgrim’s diversity teaches inclusion and empathy organically; Pilgrim students are known for their kindness and fairness, even on the sports field. That doesn’t mean that they don’t earn plenty of trophies — playing hard and playing fair are compatible at Pilgrim. 

Technology is integrated into and across the curriculum beginning in Early Education, and Pilgrim students learn to balance computer screens and hands-on experimental techniques. The beautiful Brown Family Fine Arts Center and the unique Visiting Writers and Artists programs allow all students to participate in a truly immersive education in the fine arts. In summer 2017, the Field of Dreams will be completed and Pilgrim students will have a full-sized athletic field to further expand the “everybody plays” sports program.

A Pilgrim education gives students the skills to succeed and thrive in a changing world and creates strong individuals who are comfortable with themselves and their world. Every Pilgrim graduate is carefully matched to the college or university best for their individual profile, equipped with the skills they will need to create a unique and meaningful life. 

To learn more about Pilgrim School, call (213) 355-5211 or visit

pilgrim-school.org. Pilgrim School is a division of First Congregational Church of Los Angeles.

© Los Angeles Downtown News 2017