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Bessemer Area School district is a high achieving school district dedicated to providing a learning experience that challenges our students to go beyond their own expectations and to respect the value of learning. We are very proud to offer our students an extremely high quality education in Washington Elementary School and A.D. Johnston School. Our staff possesses a level of caring, compassion and dedication that is unparalleled. Our core values are responsibility, life-long learning and success.

School News

First day of classes Tuesday, September 2nd  

7:55 A.M. 

Junior High & High School Students

At this time schedules are available on PowerSchool!

Students that wish to make changes (add/drop/new) to their schedule. Mrs. Hendges will be available Monday, August 25th & Tuesday, August 26th from 9:00 to 1:00 p.m. If you unable to make these dates you may meet with Mrs. Hendges after school  during the 1st week of school.

A hard copy of all students schedules will be available on the 1st day of school.

Locker assignments and changes will be posted on your grade level  bulletin boards on the first day of school.

If you have questions please contact the A.D. Johnston office.


Our new Food Service Director & Athletic Director

Mr. Tim France



Mr. David Radovich,  Superintendent    District Office  (906) 667-0802
Mr. Dan VanderVelden, Principal      A.D. Johnston  (906) 667-0413
Mrs. Christine Bergquist, Business Manager   District Office (906) 667-0802

To address outstanding needs at our schools please consider donating to Friends & Alumuni at Bessemer Schools.  For more information contact our district office or Renee Annear, 1800 Hadley, Bessemer MI 49911 (Yale Location)

School News
  • A.D. Johnston Key Club Donation

    Key Club of A.D. Johnston High School Donates $500.00 to the Eliminate Project.



    Congratulations to the staff and students at the A.D. Johnston High School for receiving the Bronze Medal from US News and World Report for being a nationally ranked high school.   Excellent job!

    ADJ Wins Legislative Recognition

    In August 2012, ADJ received a "Special Tribute" in the 96th Legislature from the State of Michigan for high academic achievement!

    Bessemer Area School District Ranks High in State Rankings

    The Bessemer Area School District was recently notified that they have scored in the top 11% (66 of 610 districts) of all school districts in Michigan.  This is even higher than last year's rankings!  Congratulations to all staff and students for this accomplishment!

    FSource: www.schooldigger.com