Bessemer Area School District

301 East Sellar St
Bessemer, MI 49911-1522
(District boundaries shown in map)
5/
10
Bottom 50%

Top Rankings

Bessemer Area School District ranks among the top 20% of public school district in Michigan for:

Category
Attribute
Graduation Rate
Highest graduation rate (Top 20%)
Student Attention
Lowest student:teacher ratio (Top 1%)
For the 2024 school year, there are 2 public schools serving 371 students in Bessemer Area School District. This district's average testing ranking is 5/10, which is in the bottom 50% of public schools in Michigan.
Public Schools in Bessemer Area School District have an average math proficiency score of 27% (versus the Michigan public school average of 35%), and reading proficiency score of 39% (versus the 48% statewide average).
Minority enrollment is 12% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the Michigan public school average of 35% (majority Black).

Overview

2021-2022 School Year Data
This School District
This State (MI)
# Schools
2 Schools
3,540 Schools
# Students
371 Students
1,394,596 Students
# Teachers
28 Teachers
82,754 Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
13:1
13:1

District Rank

Bessemer Area School District, which is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 850 school districts in Michigan (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2020-2021 school year.
The school district's graduation rate of 90% has increased from 80% over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2021-2022 School Year Data
This School District
State Average (MI)
#482 out of 855 school districts
(Bottom 50%)
This chart display the overall district rank of Bessemer Area   School District, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
25-29%
36%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Bessemer Area   School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
35-39%
48%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Bessemer Area   School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
≥90%
84%
This chart display public school graduation rate of Bessemer Area   School District and public school graduation rate of MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.

Students by Ethnicity:

0.23
0.55
# American Indian Students
4 Students
8,802 Students
% American Indian Students
1%
1%
# Asian Students
2 Students
49,232 Students
% Asian Students
1%
3%
# Hispanic Students
12 Students
120,541 Students
% Hispanic Students
3%
9%
# Black Students
5 Students
245,941 Students
% Black Students
1%
18%
# White Students
326 Students
900,679 Students
% White Students
88%
64%
# Hawaiian Students
n/a
1,210 Students
% Hawaiian Students
n/a
n/a
# Two or more races Students
22 Students
68,190 Students
% of Two or more races Students
6%
5%

Students by Grade:

# Students in PK Grade:
-
-
# Students in K Grade:
31
114,598
# Students in 1st Grade:
27
98,757
# Students in 2nd Grade:
24
100,937
# Students in 3rd Grade:
29
100,648
# Students in 4th Grade:
20
100,558
# Students in 5th Grade:
38
102,085
# Students in 6th Grade:
25
101,953
# Students in 7th Grade:
21
104,180
# Students in 8th Grade:
40
107,358
# Students in 9th Grade:
21
121,519
# Students in 10th Grade:
30
114,888
# Students in 11th Grade:
30
109,042
# Students in 12th Grade:
35
114,025
# Ungraded Students:
-
4,048

District Revenue and Spending

The revenue/student of $13,593 in this school district is less than the state median of $18,267. The school district revenue/student has grown by 24% over four school years.
The school district's spending/student of $15,119 is less than the state median of $17,461. The school district spending/student has grown by 25% over four school years.
This School District
This State (MI)
Total Revenue
$5 MM
$25,476 MM
This chart display total revenue of Bessemer Area   School District and median value from total revenues of all school districts in MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Spending
$6 MM
$24,351 MM
This chart display total spending of Bessemer Area   School District and median value from total spendings of all school districts in MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Revenue / Student
$13,593
$18,267
This chart display average revenue per public school student in Bessemer Area   School District and average revenue per public school student of all school districts in MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Spending / Student
$15,119
$17,461
This chart display average spending per public school student in Bessemer Area   School District and average spending per public school student of all school districts in MI by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.

Best Bessemer Area School District Public Schools (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Washington School
(Math: 30-34% | Reading: 35-39%)
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
301 East Sellar St
Bessemer, MI 49911
(906) 663-4515
Grades: K-6
| 194 students
Rank: #22.
Ad Johnston Jrsr High School
(Math: 20-24% | Reading: 40-44%)
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
100 West Lead St
Bessemer, MI 49911
(906) 667-0413
Grades: 7-12
| 177 students

Frequently Asked Questions

How many schools belong to Bessemer Area School District?
Bessemer Area School District manages 2 public schools serving 371 students.
What is the rank of Bessemer Area School District?
Bessemer Area School District is ranked #472 out of 850 school districts in Michigan (bottom 50%) based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data for the 2020-2021 school year. This district ranks in the top 20% of Michigan school districts for: Highest graduation rate (Top 20%) and Lowest student:teacher ratio (Top 1%)
What is the racial composition of students in Bessemer Area School District?
88% of Bessemer Area School District students are White, 6% of students are Two or more races, 3% of students are Hispanic, 1% of students are American Indian, 1% of students are Asian, and 1% of students are Black.
What is the student/teacher ratio of Bessemer Area School District?
Bessemer Area School District has a student/teacher ratio of 13:1, which is lower than the Michigan state average of 17:1.
What is Bessemer Area School District's spending/student ratio?
The school district's spending/student of $15,119 is less than the state median of $17,461. The school district spending/student has grown by 25% over four school years.

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • District size: 2 schools
  • Grades: KG-12
  • Enrollment: 371 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 13:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 12%
  • : ≥90% (Top 20% in MI)
  • : Bottom 50%
  • : 25-29% (Top 50%)
  • : 35-39% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), MI Dept. of Education

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