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Lower East Side Preparatory High School boasts a safe, supportive, and technology-rich environment that motivates all students to succeed. With a renowned ESL/transitional bilingual program in Spanish and Chinese, and a variety of enrichment, AP, Regents prep, and extended day courses, LESP sends more than 80% of their graduates to college. The transfer school provides structure and support to those who are over-aged and under-accredited, and helps students get a new start, whether from around the world, or around the block.

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Rene Anaya

Message from the Principal

It is with great enthusiasm that I introduce myself as the Principal of the Lower East Side Preparatory High School. During the past 14 years it has been my privilege to serve the LESP Community as Assistant Principal.   It has been a great experience working with my administrative colleagues, teachers, support staff, and students and families.  I have strived to be both a constant catalyst for growth and change, as well as a consistent source of support.  Our student body represents more than 50 countries including the United States.  The staff at Lower East Side Prep honors the many cultural differences brought by our students and families. We explore these differences and use them to create a greater appreciation and understanding of one another. As a result of our efforts we were recognized as one of the top transfer high schools in New York City three years in a row.

News and Announcements

The Proposed Consolidation of Technology, Arts, and Sciences Studio (01M301) with School for Global Leaders (01M378) in Building M025 Beginning in the 2018-2019 School Year

October 20th, 2017

See documents below for more information.

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TASS.Global Leaders Consolidation JPH Notice_v.final

LESP Muslim Student Club Cricket Match

October 18th, 2017

Last year, the Muslim Student Club had a potluck party to launch the club, welcoming the school community with our traditional cuisines. Our second year’s first event focused on another universal language: sports. LESP held its first ever cricket match.

“Cricket?!?” “What’s cricket?”

This was, by far, the most common question our club was asked, which was good because it’s the question we most wanted to answer. Despite its huge popularity in the world, cricket is not well-known in the US and in other parts of the world that LESP students come from. We wanted to introduce a culture to which they probably had never been exposed.

Cricket is not connected to the Muslim culture but it is hugely popular in the countries that most of our club members are from. The game originated in England and has gained popularity in the British Commonwealth, such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Nigeria, West Indies, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc. Some of us belonged to teams in our countries and practiced every day. So much so that heavy cricket bats were something we packed in our luggage when we came to the US, but we never had the chance to play since starting our new lives here. We missed cricket so much.

So, you can imagine how much fun we had playing cricket together! It felt like ‘home’ to us. Not only that, this time we were playing with LESP friends and teachers who had never played cricket in their lives, which made us even happier to share our love of the game with them. There were people watching our game from the streets of the Lower East Side, too! They were taking pictures and filming from over the school fence and said they had never seen a live cricket game before. Sports has no boundaries. The language of sports is so universal.

We would like to thank Mr. Anaya and Ms. Prichard for supporting us with our idea and helping to bring our first game to fruition. We hope more LESP members will join us for cricket soon. It’s fun, trust us!



LESP International Food Market

October 12th, 2017

LESP staff and students celebrated our first international food festival, showcasing the different foods, dishes and cultures of our student body!

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