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

School Leadership Team/ PA Meetings

September 24th, 2019

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. It will cover school updates, events, and will have a variety of organizations conducting workshops. These workshops will include financial aid, college application process, depression, loans, etc. We look forward to seeing you on the following dates in the 4th Floor Library:

  • Thurs. September 26, 2019: 6-9PM
  • Thurs. September 26, 2019: 6-9PM
  • Tues. October 22, 2019: 5-8PM
  • Thurs. November 21, 2019: 7-9PM
  • Tues. December 17, 2019: 5-8PM
  • Tues. January 14, 2020:5-8PM
  • Tues. February 11, 2020:5-8PM
  • Thurs. March 19, 2020:7-9PM
  • Tues. April 28, 2020:5-8PM
  • Thurs. May 21, 2020:5-8PM
  • Tues. June 9, 2020 5-8PM

International Food Festival

September 24th, 2019

All LESP staff and students are invited to join our 2019 international food festival!

1st Day of School – Thursday, September 5, 8am

September 2nd, 2019

Welcome back students to the 2019-2020 school year. The first day of school is Thursday, September 5th, 2019. Breakfast is available starting at 7:30am, and your 1st period class will be posted in the cafeteria. You are expected to report at 8am, and will receive your program and transcript in your 1st period class. HAVE A GREAT SCHOOL YEAR!!! 

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