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

ESD SVP Letter to Parents

October 18th, 2018

Dear Families,

It is my pleasure to inform you that the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has awarded an Extended School Day/School Violence Prevention Grant (ESD/SVP) to Community School District 31 for this school year.

Lower East side Preparatory High school is one of the schools in District 31 collaborating in this grant. The ESD/SVP grant helps fund the creation of day school and after school programming supporting academic enrichment, technology, leadership skill development, violence prevention, cultural diversity, college/career awareness and readiness, community service, arts enrichment, and recreational/sports programs.

In addition to academic enrichment and support, student programming includes a variety of youth development and enrichment activities during out of school time. Programming provided during the school day focuses on social and emotional learning to support school violence prevention.

The ESD/SVP Grant also recognizes the importance of engaging students and families in the design and evaluation of the program. Parents, students and other stakeholders are encouraged to participate in the program’s needs assessment, design and reflection opportunities. An outside evaluator will provide NYSED and all stakeholders with information and data regarding the grant’s success in meeting its goals and objectives, offer suggestions for improvement and support stakeholders in a meaningful self-evaluation of the program.

We look forward to providing your children with engaging, creative and highly effective programs through the ESD/SVP Grant funding to help ensure their success in school and in life.

LESP International Food Market

October 11th, 2018

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


School Leadership Team/ PA Meetings

September 13th, 2018

We would like to invite our community and the public to all Lower East Side Prep HS SLT meetings. All meetings are translated into Chinese and Spanish, and will cover school updates, events, and we will have a variety of organizations conducting workshops on financial aid, college application process, depression, loans, etc. We look forward to seeing you on the following dates in the 4th Floor Library:

Wed. September 26, 2018: 6 -9 PM
Tues. October 16, 2018: 5-8 PM
Thurs. November 29, 2018: 7-9 PM
Tues. December 11, 2018: 5- 8 PM
Tues. January 8, 2019: 5- 8 PM
Tues. February 12, 2019: 5- 8 PM
Thurs. March 7, 2019: 7- 9 PM
Tues. April 16, 2019: 5 – 8 PM
Thurs. May 9, 2019: 5-8 PM
Tues. June 11, 2019 5-8 PM

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