HSLDA Online Academy | Macroeconomics


Master Teacher:  Melissa Muender

McGovern Master Teacher

Melissa Muender

MA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
BA, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Melissa Muender, with a master’s degree in applied economics, has taught for Liberty University, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online, Eastern Shore Community College, Rowan Cabarrus Community College, and Central Piedmont Community College. She has worked as a consultant for the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and has scored for NJASK, CELLA, and CAHSEE with the Educational Testing Service. Melissa has also been invited to serve as an AP® Reader for ETS and has scored AP® Macroeconomics exam essays.

She has also homeschooled her two children. Melissa is privileged to be the pastor’s wife at Maranatha Baptist Church on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and has enjoyed participating in several mission projects around the world. She has also taught Economics for the Citizen for the Patrick Henry College Distance Learning program.

She has worked with HSLDA Online Academy since 2009.

Classroom Teacher:  Amy Raybould

Raybould Master Teacher: Personal Finance & Accounting
Classroom Teacher: AP® Micro & Macroeconomics 

Amy Raybould

MA, Liberty University
BS, Liberty University

Amy Raybould graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in business economics and earned a Master of Arts degree in business from Liberty University. During her years of study, Amy assisted in teaching all age groups, ranging from elementary students to undergraduate and graduate college students. She has taught the Academy’s AP® Microeconomics and AP® Macroeconomics courses since their inception, and is now the Course Developer and Master Teacher of Personal Finance & Accounting.

Amy is no stranger to the online education format. Prior to working at TD Bank and Susquehanna Bank, she served as the Director of Academic Advising for Liberty University Online. She currently resides in New Jersey, where she has served as a Relationship Manager and Vice President in the banking industry.

This is Amy’s eighth year teaching for the Academy.

Classroom Teacher:  Kristen Long

Kristen LongClassroom Teacher

Kristen Long

MS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
BS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Kristen earned her BS in management with a concentration in human resources from Virginia Tech in 2008. Following her passion for business and inspired by her former high school business teachers, she returned to Virginia Tech to pursue a master's degree in education. She graduated in 2010 with an MS in career and technical education, with endorsements to teach business & information technology and marketing education. She has been teaching business and marketing courses for the last 7 years at the public high school from which she graduated. She has experience delivering content and instruction both in the classroom and online, and strongly believes the online format is critical to preparing students for post-secondary education.

Kristen lives in the Tidewater area of Virginia, is married to her high school sweetheart, and is the mother to two young children. She is an avid runner who has completed numerous races, including two full marathons. As a budding entrepreneur herself, Kristen took her passion for running and, in 2016, founded Run Mama Run, where she sells running apparel and accessories to other running mothers.

Duration: One-semester course offered in the spring (16 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 0.5 credits.
Suggested Grade Level: 10th grade level and up.
Tuition: $435 for HSLDA Members/$485 for non-HSLDA Members. 
Save an additional $25 through 6/13 with Early Registration. 

Description: AP® Macroeconomics introduces students to the operations of the economy on a national and global scale. Topics include economic growth, inflation, unemployment, the financial sector, international trade, economic policy, and a biblical perspective on economic principles and practices.

AP® Macroeconomics — Live Online Class Session Schedule, Spring 2018

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1
Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Eastern Ms. Amy Raybould
Section 2
Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. –
3:00 p.m. Eastern
Mrs. Kristen Long
Note: Additional class times may be added to the schedule later in the registration period. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

Frequently Asked Questions 
about AP® Macroeconomics

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  • What topics will I learn about in Macroeconomics?

    This course will introduce students to the basic principles of macroeconomics and how to approach economic issues from a biblical worldview. By the end of the course, students should have a solid understanding of:

    • Basic economic concepts,
    • Measurement of economic performance,
    • National income and price determination,
    • The financial sector,
    • Inflation, unemployment, and stabilization policies,
    • Economic growth and productivity,
    • International trade and finance, and
    • Biblical perspectives on economics.

    The course will employ readings, lectures, video segments, graphing tutorials, and PowerPoint presentations to enhance understanding of these topics. Students will be expected to make use of the aforementioned resources to successfully complete the homework assignments (including assignments from the Econ Central website), participate in discussion forums, and prepare for quizzes and exams.

  • What books will I use in Macroeconomics?

    The official AP® Macroeconomics Booklist for the spring 2018 semester is now available.

    Starting June 1, you can order your books for the 2017–18 academic year through HSLDA Online Academy’s bookstore.

    By purchasing your textbooks through the Academy’s bookstore, you may be eligible for Guaranteed Book Buyback. Please view the eligibility requirements to learn more about Guaranteed Book Buyback.

  • Am I ready to take Macroeconomics?

    This is a rigorous, college-level course. The Academy recommends that students have a strong background in mathematics in order to succeed in AP® Macroeconomics. Students taking AP® Macroeconomics should either be currently enrolled in or have previously completed an Algebra II course. 

    AP Microeconomics (offered in the fall) is not a prerequisite for AP® Macroeconomics; however, students who plan to take both courses are encouraged to take AP Microeconomics first, since the topics in AP® Macroeconomics build on the microeconomics topics. Please visit the College Board page about AP® Macroeconomics for more information about the material and skills students will study in the course and will need to master for the AP® exam in this subject.

    Still have questions about whether you are ready for an AP® course? Please visit our Academic Readiness page for more information.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with listed Macroeconomics class times?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements with their instructors to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts.  

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in Macroeconomics?

    In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

  • What is the tuition for Macroeconomics?

    Please visit our tuition and discounts page for a full summary about course costs.

    HSLDA members save $50 on one semester AP® courses!