College Counseling

College Counseling Philosophy

The college counseling staff believes that the college search and selection process is an educational process and the natural culmination of a student's years at Newman. We believe, too, that each individual student’s path in this process will be unique and that the student will lead in this meaningful time of self-exploration. We are here as allies and advocates, and we will endeavor to offer appropriate support throughout. We believe that students, with guidance and encouragement from the counselors, get themselves into college. We believe that the process is an important period of self-reflection and self-direction. While we are here to advise throughout, success in the process is a function of the student's investment and choices.

Common Questions

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • When does college counseling start at Newman?

    Newman students begin the college search and selection process in earnest during the spring semester of the junior year. The College Admissions Symposium is held in January for both students and parents, and then each student and family then meets with a college counselor to begin the process.
  • Where do Newman graduates go to college?

    Newman graduates matriculate to a wide variety of colleges and universities across the country—large and small, public and private. See the Profile of Isidore Newman School on this page for more detailed information.
  • Does ninth grade count for college?

    The vast majority of American colleges and universities do consider students’ ninth grade academic records when making admission decisions. (The few exceptions include the University of California and Stanford University.)
  • Do the SAT and ACT require test preparation?

    The best preparation for the SAT and ACT is a college preparatory course of study such as that provided at Newman. As a supplement to regular coursework, some students find the focused review and test-taking strategies presented in prep courses helpful.  For this reason, Newman has partnered with Alex Gershanik of The Power Courses to provide SAT and ACT test preparation classes during the junior year. Other test prep options include online services and review books.
  • When should Newman students visit colleges?

    Spring Break of the junior year is an ideal time for Newman students to visit colleges. Other junior year opportunities include Mardi Gras break and summer vacation. Some families choose to visit colleges at the end of the college search and selection process, after students have received their offers of admission.

List of 3 events.

College Counseling Staff

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Steve Soud

    Steve Soud 

    Director of College Counseling
  • Photo of Alexandra Gonzalez

    Alex Gonzalez 

    Associate Director of College Counseling
  • Photo of Raynette Lumas

    Raynette Lumas 

    Assistant Director of College Counseling and Testing Accommodations Coordinator
  • Photo of Anita Hedgepeth

    Anita Hedgepeth 

    Registrar/College Counseling Assistant/AP Coordinator
1903 Jefferson Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
Phone: 504.899.5641
Fax: 504.896.8597
Open 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday
An independent,
non-denominational day
school in New Orleans for
early childhood through 12th grade