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.

—-Envelope or address block on an email:
—-—-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

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

– Robert Hickey

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.

Not Finding Your Answer?

—-#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)  If you don’t see the official you seek included or 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, Sometimes I post the question  – but always change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"