What We Offer

In addition to LUMIN Schools' Network Model, here is what Pilgrim Lutheran has to offer: 
Pilgrim Scholar
  • Full-day 4K through 8th grade
  • Free breakfast and lunch
  • Safe and nurturing environment
  • Faith-based instruction and Christian Values
  • High academic standards
  • Technology in every classroom
  • Individual and small-group instruction
  • Free tuition for qualifying families through the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program

Meet Principal Ernie DiDomizio

Principal Ernie DiDomizioErnie DiDomizio earned his Bachelor’s in Social Work and Master’s in Educational Leadership and Principal Certification from Marian University in Fond Du Lac, Wis. Ernie joined the LUMIN Schools team four years ago, first as the dean and then as the assistant principal. As principal at Pilgrim Lutheran, he brings vast experience, new energy, and enthusiasm to all he does. Before LUMIN Schools, Ernie worked as a Special Education Teacher for Milwaukee Public Schools. He went on to become a Founding Administrator for the United Community Center’s Day Treatment Program where he served at-risk and adjudicated youth and families as they transitioned out of correctional facilities and helped them maintain a positive life trajectory. Ernie was introduced to Wisconsin’s school choice program in 2000 and has served as an assistant principal and principal in several urban schools where he focused on improving underperforming programs.
What is your philosophy about education and its importance?
“Rooted in Proverbs 22:6, my philosophy is we must train students up in the way they should go so as they grow into adults they stand firm in their faith and have necessary life skills. We have high expectations, emphasize character education, and encourage the pursuit of college education so that our students will be successful in their journeys.”

What makes Pilgrim Lutheran School special? 
“Pilgrim Lutheran is a top-rated school in Wis. We believe in a “We Not Me” mentality where our team of servant leaders consistently puts our scholars first to give them the best possible education. We lead like Jesus and work relentlessly to create a school that is purposeful, positive, and organized so that scholars are better equipped to learn.”
What do you love about what you do?
“Watching the Pilgrim team and scholars accept God as the author of their lives is fulfilling to me. It is fun to see the ‘Ah-Ha’ moments start to happen in all aspects of their lives when this happens. Plus, the ability to serve others gives me great delight!”

What is your hope for LUMIN scholars as they grow?
“I want every LUMIN scholar to know the love and promises of God and are willing to commit their lives to kingdom building and service work with confidence because of their quality academic and character education foundation.”

Favorite bible verse?
“This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.” - Psalm 119:50

In your free time, what do you like to do?
“There are a lot of things I enjoy in my free time. You might find me playing soccer, reading comic books, listening to music, reading devotions, spending time with family and friends, or traveling.”

What is your greatest accomplishment?
“I consider my three beautiful kids to be my greatest accomplishments.”

What’s your favorite book and movie?
“My favorite book is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and my favorite movie would have to be The Shawshank Redemption.”

What’s one fun fact about you?
“I am constantly told I look like Barack Obama, and interestingly enough, we share the same birthday (August 4)!”