Forms of Address: If a person has a title, use it correctly. They will be more interested in what you have to say.

How to Address a Principal

How Do I Address a Letter to a Principal?

Dear Principal (Name)?
—-—-—-– M. Burton

Dear M. Burton,
A school principal may be referred to as ‘Principal’ as in “where is the Principal’s office?”  but formally he/she is addressed in writing as Dr./Mr./Ms. (Name) and identified as the ‘principal’.

Principal (Name) is most often used in informal conversation. Only occasionally is it used in written communications.

—-On an official envelope it would be:
—-—-Mr./Ms./Dr. (Full Name)
—-—-(Name of School)

————-Which looks like:
————-—-Dr. Grady Wade
————-—-James Madison Elementary School
————-—-4211 Old Glebe Road
————-—-Arlington, VA 22207

—-At the school they know who he/she is. It is probably unnecessary to state the job title on a mailing envelope:
—-—-Mr./Ms./Dr. (Full Name)
—-—-James Madison Elementary School
—-—-4211 Old Glebe Road
—-—-Arlington, VA 22207

—-In a salutation he or she is:
——–Dear Mr./Ms./Dr. (Surname)

– Robert Hickey

Not Finding Your Question Answered?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  After checking the list and reading the posts, if you don’t see your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, I will post the question & answer – always changing the names and specifics.

— Robert Hickey

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