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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
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.

News and Announcements

Remediation Letter for Families and Staff

January 11th, 2019

M515_M025 Remediation Letter

January 9, 2019

Dear Families and Staff: This is a follow-up to my February 8, 2017 water test results notification letter. I am pleased to share we have successfully completed remediation work at J.H.S. 25 – Manhattan (Lower East Side Preparatory High School at 145 Stanton Street, Manhattan, NY 10002) and on May 10, 2018 and August 22, 2018 and November 28, 2018, the remediated fixtures were tested and the final laboratory results indicate that all samples taken and tested were below the action level of 15 ppb.

On January 28, 2017 and May 10, 2018, every operational source of water, including for drinking or preparing food, at J.H.S. 25 – Manhattan was tested for lead. The laboratory results showed elevated levels of lead in 12 of the 117 samples of water taken and tested from outlets in the building. Each affected fixture at J.H.S. 25 – Manhattan was taken out of service on February 8, 2017, and the remediation work was completed.

In any building where lead test results show even one water outlet above the action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb), the DOE implements its standard response protocol, under which it removes any drinking or food prep outlet from service, flushes all or part of the system to eliminate water sitting in pipes overnight, replaces equipment and re-tests after the equipment is replaced. As part of our remediation protocols, fixture(s) that were out of order or inaccessible at the time of the initial testing were repaired and tested. All drinking or food prep fixtures are only put back in service once results of laboratory tests are below the action level of 15 ppb.

Out of an abundance of caution, the custodial staff will continue to flush the J.H.S. 25 – Manhattan water systems on Monday mornings before school starts in order to eliminate water that has been stagnant in pipes over the weekend and to ensure safe drinking water is available for students and staff.

A more detailed letter related to the testing for lead at J.H.S. 25 – Manhattan is attached, and complete test results are posted on the DOE website at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/ schools/M515. Click Data and Reports and look for the Facilities Heading.

Please visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/water-safety to learn more about the robust protocol we use to ensure the safety of drinking water in each and every school, as well as to look up water test results for each school.

Thank you for your patience and support and we wish you and your students a wonderful semester.

Sincerely yours,

Lauren Siciliano

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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