Welcome to LESP!

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

LESP Career Fair Featured in World Journal News (China)

April 27th, 2017

中文: 下東城高中職業探索 「雙語」齊下

English (Translated From Chinese): Exploring “Bilingual” in Lower East Side High School

Español (Traducido del Chino): Explorando “Bilingüe” en Lower East Side Prep.

LESP Career Fair Picture

LESP Career Fair on April 27, 2017



LESP Fundraiser for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

February 16th, 2017

IMG_3113This month, students will be joining others schools taking part in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies for Patients. For three weeks, students will collect spare change in boxes around the school.

The fundraiser is being ran by LESP’s LEO club.

Students will learn about service, leadership and philanthropy by helping LLS find a cure for blood cancers and improving the quality of life of patients and their families. Thank you in advance for helping patients with blood cancers live longer, better lives.

Backpack Letter for Families and Staff

February 15th, 2017

As you may know, the New York City Department of Education is continuing its efforts to ensure that the water in New York City schools is safe for students and staff by conducting additional rounds of testing for the presence of lead in the water.

On January 28, 2017, every potential source of water for drinking or preparing food at J.H.S. 25 – Manhattan ( Lower East Side Preparatory High School at 145 Stanton Street Manhattan, NY 10002 ) was tested for lead. The laboratory results showed elevated levels of lead in 4 of the 101 samples taken and tested from outlets in the building.

As a result of the 4 elevated sample(s), the DOE will implement its standard response protocol, which includes removing any drinking or cooking water fixture outlet from service, flushing all or part of the system to eliminate water sitting in pipes overnight, replacing equipment and re-testing after the equipment is replaced. Each affected drinking or cooking water fixture will remain out of service until it is remediated and future testing shows that the water does not have an elevated level of lead. The custodial staff will also continue to flush the water systems on Monday mornings before school starts in order to eliminate water that has been stagnant in pipes over the weekend and to ensure safe drinking water is available for students and staff.

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