Learning Today 




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.

"Help Upgrade Our School Bus Fleet!"

At Bessemer Area Schools our primary focus is to offer our students a 21st century education, provide a highly qualified teaching staff, updated technology and curriculum, and a safe learning environment. The majority of our funding is targeted to support our primary focuses. Each school day a majority of our students ride our buses to and from school, to school field trips or to sporting events. Our goal is provide the safest transportation possible when our students and staff step on our buses. As we all know, school budgets are being reduced by our state legislators forcing schools to become creative with raising funds to reach their missions and visions. Our school district like many districts in the state is experiencing budget reduction each year. That is why we are asking for your help to fund the upgrading of buses for our students. By donating to our bus fund you are demonstrating a valuable asset to our students and providing an opportunity for them to learn about the importance of giving back and being an integral part of their community. 

The link below is our new "E-Fund for Schools" site. Please use the "E-Fund for Schools" site to make your donation to our bus fund raising campaign. It is the easiest, fastest and most secure way to donate. 

Click here for our School Bus Funding Raising Link

Once you sign on and create your account, there is a tab toward the top of the screen that says "Special Services" and drops down to "Fundraising". If you click on "Fundraising", it will take you to the donation page.

Thank you for supporting Bessemer Area School District!


During Summer Vacation, Mrs. Simcoe will be out of the office from 11:00 am on Thursday, June 16th until August 2nd and will have a shortened schedule in August until the new school year begins. Mrs. Bergquist will be in the office on most weekdays but it is still a good idea to call ahead if you need to come to the school for any reason. Voicemail messages for the office will be checked periodically, also. The main office number is 906-663-4515 and Mrs. Bergquist’s number is 906-667-0802. 


High School office is open Tuesdays & Wednesdays throughout the month of July. Tuesday & Wednesday August 2nd & 3rd, Tuesday & Wednesday August 9th & 10th, and from August 15 -29 Monday through Friday. All days the high school office will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

It is a good idea to call the office prior to coming to confirm the office is open. High school telephone: 906-667-0413

Calendar of Events 


If you are interested in attending Bessemer Area School district look for the helpful link "School of Choice" located in the blue box above.

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
Mr. Tim France, Food Service & Athletic Director, (906) 667-0802  or 667-0413 


To address outstanding needs at our schools please consider donating to the following organizations below. Use the contact information listed.
Friends & Alumuni at Bessemer Schools. 
Renee Annear
1800 Hadley, Bessemer MI 49911 
(Yale Location)
Bessemer Booster Club
Mr. Bill Steiger (President)
East US 2, Bessemer MI 49911

Bessemer Strong Facebook Page
School News
  • Washington School Receives Recognition
    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy presented Washington Elementary school an award for outstanding achievement as noted in 2015 Elementary Context and Performance Report Card. Click here to view the award.

    Bessemer Area Schools - Facebook Page
    Things are going extremely well with our new Facebook page. We are using Facebook because it is a great way to communicate and share the awesome things happening at our schools as well as a way to post interesting links, images, and videos. We have former students, grandparents, relatives, and community members (businesses, reporters, etc) that “Like” the page and therefore get constant updates on their Facebook Page. – parents and students love it. Check us out on Facebook and "Like" us.

    National Merit Scholarship Recognition

    The Bessemer Area Schools are very proud to have a senior named as a 2015 finalist in th eNational Merit Scholarship Program.


    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!