AP Statistics

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Teacher: Zohra Gutierrez
Date/Time: Wednesday - 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Recommended Grades: 11th, 12th
Departments: Advanced Placement, Math
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)

Prerequisite: successful completion of Algebra 2

AP Statistics is a course that parallels a college-level introductory statistics class. The study of statistics has a broad range of applications including business, finance, education, law, medicine, social sciences, sports, and STEM fields, making it attractive to students considering many different career paths. The versatile nature of this course allows students to direct their learning to topics of individual interest, as well as a variety of project-based assessments. Students will be prepared for both the multiple choice and the free response portions of the optional AP exam (given in May). Development of mathematical literacy, as well as oral and written expression of mathematical concepts, will be emphasized. Major topics to be covered in class and on the AP Statistics Exam are:

  • Exploring data using graphical and numerical techniques to study patterns and departures from patterns.
  • Exploring sampling and experimentation by planning and conducting a study.
  • Anticipating patterns through the exploration of random phenomena using probability and simulation.
  • Using statistical inference in estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses.


  • Stats: Modeling the World, 4th Edition by Bock, Velleman, and DeVeaux – Student must purchase an access code from Pearson (approximately $100). The online textbook and most homework assignments will be delivered through this electronic platform. The instructor will provide instructions on how to best purchase the access code.
  • Barron’s AP Statistics, 9th Edition by Sternstein – This book may be purchased in the second semester.
  • Optional extra credit reading will also be added.

Technology Requirements: Students will need to supply a TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator. Please limit your calculator choice to one of these two models. Texas Instruments is the leader in educational graphing calculators, and time constraints dictate that the instructor and students have access to the same calculator. Students will also need access to a computer and printer at home to run statistical software and print articles and additional materials from the internet. Microsoft Excel or other spreadsheet software is strongly recommended but not required.

Cost: $20 one-time supply fee due in September (covers copy costs, lab supplies, and Engrade cost); $80 per month for 9 months; AP test fee (optional but encouraged); textbook and technology costs as listed above. (6 student minimum)