Dates and deadlines for the National Principal of the Year program

December 2020
2022 NASSP National Principal of the Year application is now available

Date varies by state
State affiliate application deadline

May 3, 2021
All state affiliate winners’ online applications are due to NASSP

September 17 – 22, 2021
NASSP Principals Institute in Washington, D.C.

October 2021
2022 NASSP National Principal of the Year is announced during National Principals Month

The NASSP National Principal of the Year program recognizes outstanding middle level and high school principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to the profession.

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.

NASSP honors all State Principals of the Year at the Principal’s Institute held each year in Washington, D.C. The Institute not only salutes the principalship but also provides a forum for honorees to advocate for education and share best practices and expertise.

For more information or questions about the NASSP National Principal of the Year program, contact recognition@nassp.org or 800-253-7746 x267.