Pilgrim School is a (non-denominational) division of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. The church and school buildings are architecturally stunning, massive granite structures that blend in nicely with the downtown urban setting. The school has an old-fashioned feel to it with sash windows, varnished oak doors and molding, and black and white checkerboard tile floors. This is a traditional academic school with a rigorous curriculum. A staggering 100% of Pilgrim School graduates go on to higher education, many finding success at Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Vassar, Columbia, Yale, West Point, Georgetown University, and the Claremont Colleges. The people I met during my many visits (educators, administrators, parents, and church officials) have a great deal of love, dedication, and support for the school.