Most educators will agree that the level of excellence a school achieves is directly related to the level of leadership provided by its principal. It is the combination of the principal’s ability to manage, their interest in staff and students, their respect for learning and vision of the future that set the stage for the school’s efforts to educate our children. The Washington Post Principal of the Year Award seeks to recognize those principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment. In presenting this award, The Washington Post hopes to encourage excellence in school leadership and to contribute in a substantive way to the improvement of education in the Washington metropolitan area.

2018-19 PROGRAM TIMELINE: Jurisdictions will have until Feb. 4 to submit their nominated finalists to The Washington Post. A winner will be selected and notified on March 11.

Jurisdictions can nominate a finalist to be considered for the Principal of the Year Award by downloading the 2018-19 nomination packet and finalist information sheet.