AP® Statistics

Where does math meet science, economics, finance, politics, business, and so many other aspects in life?  Statistics!

Statistics is all about understanding what data is trying to tell you.  AP® Statistics is a year-long course split into two (2) semesters: Fall AP® Statistics and Spring AP® Statistics. Fall AP® Statistics runs during the Fall semester.  The course is audited and approved by the College Board.  Topics covered in Fall AP® Statistics include:

  • Sampling
  • Graphs
  • Distribution
  • Regression
  • Sampling
  • Confidence Intervals

Spring AP® Statistics runs in the Spring semester and picks up where Fall AP® Statistics left off.  Topics covered include:

  • Testing
  • Comparisons
  • Probability
  • Inference
  • Random Variables

Students can purchase both courses at the same time or sequentially.


My son developed an abiding interest in Statistics, a  subject that has wide impact across many areas. He was challenged, went deep, and felt supported every step of the way. Oh, and he got a 5 on the AP exam!


July 2020

  • Students must have completed Algebra 2 prior to taking statistics.
  • Students must be in grades 9-12.  Please contact me to discuss different options for those below grades 9.
Materials Required
  • Starnes, Daren S, Josh Tabor, Daniel S Yates, and David S Moore. The Practice of Statistics, 5th ed. New York, NY: W.H. Freeman and Company/BFW, 2015.  ISBN-13: 978-1464108730; ISBN-10: 1464108730.
  • Students will need to purchase a graphic calculator. Acceptable versions include TI-84, TI-89, TI-NSpire, or TI-NspireCX.
  • Students will need access to the internet as some assignments will use applets available through the publisher as well as online statistical websites.
  • Students will need access to a printer, scanner and a headset with a working microphone.
Class Description

Fall and Spring AP® Statistics Live are on-line courses meeting in a virtual classroom.  The class will meet twice each week in 50 minute lecture sessions. Students are expected to ask questions and complete assignments during the week.  Additional assignments are posted online.

Assignments come from the book, websites, videos, and current news.  This is a fast moving class with an aggressive schedule.  Students should expect to spend around 10 hours per week outside of class.

A year long project is required.  The project is designed as a scientific experiment following the scientific method and utilizing statistical analysis of the data.

The course is designed for students planning to take the AP® Statistics exam.  Taking the AP® exam is optional. Fall AP® Statistics and Spring AP® Statistics, together, earn 1.0 AP® credit on the high school transcript.  Credit is not given for only one semester.  Assignments are graded. Students who wish to take the AP® Statistics exam will need to arrange with local schools to take the test. Students enrolled in Fall AP® Statistics are expected to enroll in Spring AP® Statistics.


AP® Statistics is a year-long course broken in to two (2) semesters: Fall AP® Statistics and Spring AP® Statistics. Students are expected to begin with the Fall semester in August. The Spring course ends just before the AP® Statistics exam in May.


Fall AP® Statistics and Spring AP® Statistics are $400 each for the Live classes.  Additional costs include the textbook, a graphic calculator, and the AP® exam. Estimates for the textbook are $145 new.  You can purchase the textbook used or you can rent it for reduced costs.  Make sure you get edition 5. Depending on the graphic calculator you choose, costs can range from $75 to $150.  Shop around to get the best price.  The AP exam is approximately $93, click here for more information.  


The video is part of the first lecture of AP Statistics.

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