Do you want to be a principal?

We are seeking innovative teachers (counselors, psychologists, and so on) who want to learn to become future leaders to join the Aspiring Principals Academy (APA). The APA, sponsored by the BYU–Public School Partnership, is made up of teachers who meet several times during the year to explore the principalship. It is a great way to see if school leadership is a good career path for you; it is also a great way to give yourself a leg up in applying for principal preparation programs and future leadership positions. If you are an educator from one of the BYU Public School Partnership Schools, your district will cover the full cost of your attendance. Educators from other districts are encouraged to apply as well. We will work with you and your district to try and get your substitutes covered as well.

2024-2025 Schedule

Date of Session




Specific Dates Differ for Each District

Times Differ for Each District

At District Offices

Intro to Principal Leadership 
UELS 1: Visionary Leadership

October 9

Evening 4-6 p.m.


UELS 2: Teaching & Learning

November 6

Full Day

BYU Campus

UELS 5: School Improvement

December 4

Evening 4-6 p.m.


UELS 3: Management for Learning 
UELS 4: Community Engagement

January 8



UELS 7 Equity & Cultural Responsiveness

February 5

Full Day

BYU Campus

UELS 6: Ethical Leadership

Why Join the Aspiring Principals Academy?

You learn:

  • Which leadership skills you will need
  • What it takes to be a principal
  • Whether leadership is the right path for you.

You receive:

  • Expanded networking opportunities
  • Increased insight into district cultures
  • Information about the BYU School Leadership Program.

We expect you to:

  • Try and attend every session (tentative schedule above)
  • Complete assigned readings before each session
  • Actively participate and enjoy the sessions.

No cost, as:

  • You will not be charged to participate
  • The cost of your substitutes will be covered
  • A $1,000 scholarship is possible if you apply and are accepted to the BYU School Leadership Program. (This scholarship will be prorated based on attendance at all APA sessions.)

Application Information

Applications are now open! We encourage you to speak with your principal about joining us for the 2024-2025 Aspiring Principals Academy.

Applications are due by August 29, 2024.

Apply Here


EdLF Department


David Boren


Alpine District: Scott Sumner


Canyons District: McKay Robinson


Davis District: Gwen Hill


Granite District: Paulette McMillan


Jordan District: Becky Gerber


Juab District: Royd Darrington


Nebo District: RaShel Shepherd


Provo City District: Jason Cox


Toole District: Jeff Hamm


Wasatch County District: Garrick Peterson