HSLDA Online Academy | Microeconomics


Master Teacher:  Amy Raybould Derstine

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

Amy Raybould Derstine

MA, Liberty University
BS, Liberty University

Amy Raybould Derstine 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 fall (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. 

Description: AP® Microeconomics introduces students to core economic concepts and teaches them to analyze market behavior. Topics include scarcity, supply and demand, competition,  profit, income inequality, the role of government, and a biblical perspective on economic decision making.

AP® Microeconomics — Live Online Class Session Schedule, Fall 2017

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1
Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Eastern Mrs. Amy Raybould Derstine
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® Microeconomics


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  • What topics will I learn about in Microeconomics?

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

    • Basic economic concepts,
    • The nature and function of product markets,
    • The nature and function of factor markets, and
    • Market failure and the role of government in the economy.

    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.

  • Am I ready to take Microeconomics?

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

    Please visit the College Board page about AP® Microeconomics 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 Microeconomics 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 Microeconomics?

    In every 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 an 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.

    If you have any questions about class sections, schedules, or registration, please contact the Academy Staff.

  • What is the tuition for Microeconomics?

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

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