Guidance and College Counseling

To Report Abuse:
Dial 1- 800- 96 - ABUSE

To report allegations of sexual abuse of a minor, please see the Diocesean Policy below as well as what signs to look for.

The Guidance and Counseling Staff at Cardinal Newman High School is involved a cooperative effort among students, staff members, parents and the community. Our purpose is to empower all learners to lead satisfying and productive lives by assisting them in identifying and achieving educational, and career goals. We are here to help educate the mind, body and spirit by working with academic issues, educational and career planning, as well as personal concerns. All students meet several times each year with their counselor in class settings. Counselors will also meet individually with students at least twice a year.

  • School counselors are actively committed to helping students explore their abilities, strengths, interests and talents as these traits relate to career awareness and development.
  • School counselors help students to focus on ways to further their education, personal and social growth.
  • School counselors seek to identify and utilize community resources that can enhance and compliment comprehensive school counseling programs and help students become productive members of society.
  • Comprehensive school counseling programs are considered an integral part of the educational process that enables all students to achieve success in school.

Use the links on the right-hand side of the page to navigate through the counseling website. Below you will find the contact information for the counseling office staff. To schedule an appointment with a counselor or for general questions, please call (561)619-7474.


Mrs. Karen Lower

Counselor for
All IB Students,
Students with last names beginning with A-I,

Mr. Ryan Gerhartz

Counselor for
Students with last names beginning with J-Z

Consulting Psychologist
Dr. Liz Johnson

College Resource Counselor
Mrs. Carolyn Kost

Mrs. Catherine Holland

The Guidance Counselors work with each student to prepare for a successful and smooth transition to the college-level.  Various computer software, written materials, and career testing are available to guide the student in decision making concerning future goals. The Guidance and College Counseling Department hosts several evening sessions for parents on college admissions and financial aid. All parents are invited to attend these presentations.