How to Apply
Participation in the NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year Program is available through your State Assistant Principal of the Year Program. One assistant principal is selected annually from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity, and the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools. Selection processes vary within the states.
For information on a state's selection process, please contact your state affiliate.
- Current members and family members of the NASSP staff, the NASSP Board of Directors, and the NASSP State Executive Directors are ineligible.
- Previous national winners of the NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year award are ineligible.
- Candidate must currently be an active assistant principal who has demonstrated outstanding leadership.
- Candidate must notify NASSP immediately of any change in his or her status as an assistant principal. Failure to notify NASSP of change of status could jeopardize a candidate’s eligibility for the national award.
- Candidate must be an active assistant principal, assistant headmaster, or assistant leader of a virtual, public, or private middle level or high school from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity, or the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools. Middle level and high schools are defined as those containing some portion of grades 6 through 12.
- Candidate must have served as an assistant principal at one or more middle level or high schools for three or more consecutive school years.
- Candidate must complete the 2016 NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year online application to be considered for the National NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year award.
- Candidate must be a member of NASSP and his or her state affiliate association at the time of selection and throughout his or her tenure as State Assistant Principal of the Year. For national finalists, these conditions must also be met at the time of national assistant principal of the year judging, when the national winner is announced, and during tenure.