The NASSP National Principal of the Year program recognizes outstanding middle level and high school principals. The program annually honors secondary 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 U.S. 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 three finalists.

NASSP will conduct a professional background check on each of the three national finalists.

For more information on the NASSP National Principal of the Year Program, contact [email protected].

    • National Principal of the Year and the National Assistant Principal of the Year is the highest honor NASSP awards to our school leaders.  As such, finalists and winners of these prestigious awards are expected to always conduct themselves in manner that reflect positively upon NASSP and the principalship in general.  Any conduct that does not comport with these standards, or that otherwise harms the reputation of NASSP or the profession, in NASSP’s sole judgment, may result in the immediate disqualification from the application process and/or the revocation of the award.