How to Apply

Apply for the National Principal of the Year program

Participation in the NASSP National Principal of the Year Program is available through individual state principal of the year programs.

Each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools, and the Department of Defense Education Activity select one middle level or high school principal to represent their state.

From these state winners, three finalists are named as contenders for the National Principal of the Year award. The NASSP National Principal of the Year is selected from among the finalists.

Each state’s selection process and deadlines vary. Principals should contact their state affiliate for information on their state’s selection process and deadlines.

State affiliates can access the NASSP application portal here.