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.


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!