The Washington State Assistant Principal of the Year honor alternates yearly between a middle level principal (selected by the Association of Washington Middle Level Principals) and a high school principal (selected by the Washington Association of Secondary School Principals).
Regional Distinguished Assistant Principals
The selection process begins at the regional level. Outstanding assistant principals are nominated from throughout Washington state for the Regional Distinguished Assistant Principal honor.
State Assistant Principal of the Year
Regional winners compete at the state level through a rigorous application process. (Award packets are sent to winners automatically.) The winner is announced each fall.
National Assistant Principal of the Year
The winners from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense, go on to compete at the national level. The National Association of Secondary School Principals, in conjunction with Virco, Inc., chooses three finalists for the National Assistant Principal of the Year.