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

Soccer Team Off To a Great Start

April 1st, 2016

The LESP Dragons soccer team won their inaugural game in the Multiple Pathways League against Voyages High School, with a score of 5-0.


Join the Soccer Team!

March 14th, 2016

 All students are invited to join the LESP Soccer Team for the Spring Season. See Ms. Feit in room 321 for details.

LESP Flying Dragons Fly High

March 14th, 2016

LESP Robotics Team

by Ms. Paula Chen

Lower East Side Preparatory High School’s computer robotics team– The Flying Dragons–won the 2015-2016 FIRST Tech (FIRST® RES-QSM) Challenge New York City/Long Island Regional Championship. At the Championship, which was held on February 28, 2016, thirty-seven teams from New York City and Long Island public and private high schools competed for awards and the chance to advance to the next level of competition. As a result of their win, the Flying Dragons will be one of nine teams to advance to the Eastern Super-Regional Championship at The University of Scranton. The winners of the Super-Regional Championship will advance to the World Championship.

The team is coached by Dr. Henry Ruan, a veteran Native Language Arts teacher and technology instructor at Lower East Side Prep, a transfer high school located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The school’s computer robotics team is made up entirely of ELL students from China, the Caribbean and Latin America, many of whom have little prior experience with computerized robotics. Both Mr. Ruan and his team members spent countless hours after school and on weekends to complete work on their robots. During the competition, some students even napped on the floor because they were just so tired.

Team members shed tears of joy and relief after the award ceremony.  “We cry because we won, because we made a lot of effort, because we know it is not easy to win. All our hard work paid off! This team is phenomenal. To compete with schools such as Stuyvesant and Dalton, you must really focus and think like scientists and engineers. I am very proud of them. They bring me the greatest satisfaction of my teaching career,” exclaimed Dr. Ruan. The whole Lower East Side Prep community–teachers, students and families–is extremely proud of the Flying Dragons’ achievement, too.

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