National Principal of the Year Award

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 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.

CLICK HERE to register and begin your application.

NOTE: You must be a member of both FASA and NASSP to qualify. Once you register for an account, the system will save your progress on your application.


April 1, 2022  Applications due to FASA

April 22, 2022  Judging process completed

May 2, 2022  Florida winner sent to NASSP and winner notified

June 7-9, 2022  Recognition at the FASA Discover '22 Conference

September 2022  Finalist interviews, Washington, D.C.

September 2022  Principals Institute, Washington, D.C.

October 2022  National Winner announced at a surprise ceremony at the winner’s school during National Principals Month