How to Apply

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the Vineland Public Schools Applied Math and Science Academy (AMSA) Program.  AMSA is a program in Vineland for students in grades 5-12 who want to learn more about science and math and who are seeking a challenge.  Situated at the Edward R. Johnstone School, AMSA is organized so that all courses are taught 'through a science lens.'

We want all parents and prospective students to be comfortable with the application process and have all of the information needed to help ensure AMSA is a good fit for all in the program.

There are several administrators who are involved with the application process, but the primary point of contact is Ross Stanger, Supervisor of Instruction.  He can be reached at 856 794-6700 ext. 2016 or at

When you contact Mr. Stanger, please provide your name and how to reach you, your child's name and grade, and the school in which your child is currently enrolled.

Mr. Stanger collaborates in the admissions process with the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Mr. Nathan Frey, and three other supervisors: Mrs. Lauren DeBello (Math), Mrs. Nancy Hollenweger (English/Language Arts), and Mrs. Katherine Rivera.

The group uses several pieces of information to determine whether it believes a child is a good fit for the program.  Admissions decisions are made regarding each individual student.  

  • A writing sample based on a prompt
  • An interview based on a science project
  • NJSLA (formerly PARCC) scores (when available)
  • Grades on science and math tests (when available) 

To prepare for the interview, please see the following video, linked at

or viewable below.


If your child attends a public school in Vineland, we will have access to all information we need.

If your child does NOT attend Vineland schools, please bring as much information as possible to your child's interview.  At that time, Mr. Stanger will answer any questions that you or your child have.