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

Spring 2019 Parent Teacher Conferences

March 6th, 2019

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on:

March 7, Evening Conference 4:30pm -7pm
March 8, Afternoon Conference 12:10-2:40pm

Chinese Culture Club New Year Party

February 12th, 2019

The Chinese Culture Club Annual New Year Celebration will be on February 15, 2019! You all are invited to join us for this fun and exciting party. We will have food, music, dance, and performance to make this Friday night a lasting memorable one.

Time: 4PM-7PM

Place: School Gymnasium

华学会年度新年庆祝活动将于2019年2月15日举行! 欢迎大 家加入我们这个有趣而激动人心的派对。 我们将有食物, 音乐,舞蹈和表演.这个星期五晚上将成为一个令人难忘的 晚上。

时间: 4PM-7PM


¡La celebración anual de Año Nuevo del Club de la Cultura China será el 15 de febrero de 2019! Todos ustedes están invitados a unirse a nosotros en esta divertida y emocionante fiesta. Tendremos comida, música, baile y presentaciones para hacer que este viernes por la noche sea memorable y duradero.

Hora: 4PM-7PM

Lugar: Escuela de Gimnasia.



February 12th, 2019

LESP is offering a free course in English as a New Language (ENL) and Weight Training for parents and families. Please join us every Wednesday night from 6pm to 8pm in Room 471. You don’t have to worry about missing a class— come and we will work with you. Call 212-432-8929 for more information.

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