Thank you for your interest in nominating your school to partner with Pilot Light!

Here are the qualities of an ideal school candidate:

  • Committed to participating in Pilot Light for at least two years.
  • Able to nominate at least four teachers for Pilot Light that teach K-2.
  • Prepared to create and maintain a healthy school culture.
  • Committed to making a significant impact on the students, parents and communities surrounding their food choices and habits.
  • School mission and vision align with Pilot Light’s.
  • A non-selective Chicago Public School (traditional, magnet or charter).
  • Located in an underserved community (priority given to these schools).
  • Demonstrate evidence of curriculum design practices rooted in Understanding By Design and project-based learning.
  • Demonstrates ability to establish and maintain strong community partnerships.
  • Demonstrates an existing structure to promote parent engagement.
  • Demonstrates an existing structure supporting teacher development and leadership.


Applications are now open! Teachers, Parents, Principals, and Students: Nominate your school here!


Here is our application process timeline:



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