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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LESP sends
more than
80%
of their
graduates
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Rene Anaya
PRINCIPAL

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.

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A message from the Principal

December 3rd, 2018

Dear LESP Parents and Guardians:

As we approach 2019, we reflect back on our accomplishments.  We continue to work hard as we look forward to the future.

We have improved attendance, student passing rates, and graduation rates.   All of our students, especially our graduating seniors, are all involved in the college application process.  Students have been building new friendships with people from all over the world– all with common goals of pursuing a better way of life.

Through our Learning to Work Grant, in collaboration with CAMBA, students have formed adult relationships with counselors and have begun to plan their futures in regards to career and college readiness.  Several students have received paid internships and we plan to increase the number of participants as we move forward.  We continue all of our programs including our partnership with Lincoln Center, our 7 Advanced Placement Courses in Calculus, Chemistry, English Language US Government, Art, Chinese and Spanish.

We continue our after school programs including Robotics, SAT Prep, Dance, Art, Walking Talking New York, Choir, PSAL Boys Basketball and Co-ed Table Tennis.  The 2nd marking period formative assessments took place during the week of November 12th.  The 2nd marking period ends November 21st.   Regents Prep courses will start on December 1st thru December 15th, and again on January 5th thru January 19th.

You never know who is sitting next to you on the train or standing in line with you at the supermarket or who is sitting in class with our children.  At this time of year, it is customary to think of our neighbors in need; we try to keep those in need in our minds all year long.  If you are in need, let us know; if you are in a position to help others, please consider doing so.

We wish you and your family a peaceful, healthy and happy holiday season.  All good things to you and yours.

Rene Anaya

Principal

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Saturday Regents Prep Courses Starts 12/1

November 28th, 2018

Are you taking a Regents exam in January?

Did you know if a student attends all Regents Prep classes, they’re more likely to pass the Regents with a higher score?!

6 Saturdays. 9 teachers. All subjects.

See attached schedule below. Please see the teacher listed for the Regents Prep class you wish to take, sign up and receive a 2 ride Metro Card!

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LESP Thanksgiving Dinner!

November 27th, 2018

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