National Assistant Principals Week



AFSA, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals have declared the week of April 11-15, 2016 as National Assistant Principals Week.  During this week we will honor assistant principals for all their hard work and contributions to our schools. Below are some ways to show your appreciation for assistant principals:

How principals and assistant principals can celebrate: 

  • Ask your mayor to declare National Assistant Principals Week in your community
  • Submit an article in your local newspaper or AFSA newsletter
  • Contact local radio stations and ask them to air a public service announcement announcing  National Assistant Principals Week
  • Ask your superintendent to plan a joint meeting between the local school board and the city council to discuss the needs of school leaders
  • Invite members of the board of education, central office staff members, and/or other community leaders to shadow you for a day.

How students and teachers can celebrate: 

  • Write a thank you note for all your assistant principal does, with specific examples of how he/she has helped you.
  • Hold a pep rally for your assistant principal. Students, parents, and teachers can perform songs, skits, and speeches to thank your assistant principal for the hard work he/she does every day.
  • Decorate your assistant principal’s door/office in a festive way to promote a sense of celebration.
  • Create a photo scrapbook for the assistant principal with notes from the school community about why he/she is so valued.
  • Shadow your assistant principal for a day and then write a report to publish in the local school and community paper about what you learned and how difficult a job it is!


Choose an e-card, add your message, and schedule the day and time for the card to be delivered. The card will be emailed, along with a link to a special AP Week gift. Send your assistant principal an E-card here!


Join other APs in a conversation using #APchat on Twitter, Sunday, April 10, at 8:00 p.m. (ET) to discuss connected leadership.

Keep up with us leading up to the week of April 11th for great ideas and stories about National Assistant Principal Week! Check out more fun activity ideas here.  You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t forget to tag your posts with #APweek