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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Martha Polin

Message from the Principal

For the past 13 years, I have served as the Principal of Lower East Side Preparatory High School. These years have been among the most happy and satisfying of my life. Our student body represents more than 50 countries including the United States. Every day, I get to come to work and observe young people develop skills and grow into purposeful adults. We at Lower East Side Prep are keenly aware of the many cultural differences brought by our students and families. We honor these differences and use them to create a greater appreciation and understanding of one another. It is no wonder why we’ve been named one of the top 25 high schools in New York City this year. The colors of our school are many, yet they unite in a single minded student body.

News and Announcements

School Closed for Mid-Winter Recess 2/15-2/19

February 11th, 2016


The school will be closed for Mid-Winter Recess from Monday February 15th to Friday February 19th. Classes will resume Monday, February 22nd.

Final Exams January 11-15

January 7th, 2016

Final Exam Schedule

Monday, January 11
Social Studies

Tuesday, January 12
English and ESL

Wednesday, January 13

Thursday, January 14

Friday, January 15 and Tuesday, January 19
Singletons and Make-ups

Thanksgiving Celebration 11/24 3-5:30pm

November 19th, 2015


All students are invited to a celebration with traditional American Thanksgiving food! Sign up with Ms. Tsivitis in the library if you would like to attend.

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"One of the Best Transfer Programs in the City"
Ranked #523 Nationally
#60 in NY State
Quality Review (2014 - 2015)
School Survey Report (2013-2014)
Progress Report (2012 - 2013)
Lower East Side Preparatory High School