The National Distinguished Principals Program was established in 1984 as an annual event to honor exemplary elementary and middle school principals who set the pace, character, and quality of the education children receive during their early school years.
The program is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), in corporate partnership with AIG. The recognition afforded by the NDP designation instills pride in principals' accomplishments and reinforces their continued leadership in helping children develop a lifelong love of learning.
One principal is chosen annually from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Principals representing private K-8 schools, Department of Defense Dependents' Schools, and the U.S. Department of State Overseas Schools are also recognized.
Florida public school principals are nominated by their peers and the final selection for Florida’s NDP is made by the Florida Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals.
The following criteria reflect elements of existing requirements in current state principal recognition programs. Nominees must meet all criteria for selection as a National Distinguished Principal.
The selected principal:
Evidence of outstanding contributions to the well-being of the educational community include:
Nominee's Application Packet
Public School Selection Procedures