Getting Started

  • High School Course Selection
  • Standardized Testing Timeline
  • Summer Activities Planning
  • Resume Writing
  • Interview Preparation
  • Leadership Development through Extracurricular Activities
  • NCAA Eligibility & Athletic Recruitment Guidance
  • Self Advocacy Skill Development
  • Organization & Time Management Support
  • Identification of Personal Interests & Strengths
  • Learning Differences & Special Needs in the College Process

College Placement Services

  • College List Development - Identifying Opportunities
  • Planning College Visits
  • Application Support
    • Time Management
    • Brainstorming & Organizing Information
    • Personal Statements/Essay Writing
    • Supplemental Writing
    • Editing & Final Review
  • Review of Financial Aid Process
  • Consideration of Support Services
  • Making the Deposit

Additional Services

  • Gap Year Program Application Support
  • High School Placement (Boarding & Day)
  • Transfer Placement

NorthStar Advisors began in 2003 by offering professional development training to counselors in NYC and continues to advance the profession by sharing expertise in best counseling practices today. Working with schools and organizations across the country, all engagements are individually designed and, after an extensive intake consultation, tailored to meet the specific needs of your community.

We welcome the opportunity to bring our services to you.

~ Jacqueline Pravda, Founder

Opportunities for engagement include:

  • Professional Development + Counselor Training
  • Organizational Consulting
  • Curriculum Development
  • Programming Development
  • Focus Groups
  • Rebranding
  • Profile Design
  • Presentations (for students, parents, and/or board members)
  • Group Facilitation
  • Student Growth Workshops (9th-12th)
  • College Application Workshops
  • Community Outreach
  • Student Advising
  • Leave Replacement Support
  • Supplemental Programming Support

Contact us today.

Sample presentation, training and workshop topics include:

  • Meaningful Engagement + Leadership Development
  • The College Search
  • Application Completion
  • Learning Differences
  • Interview Skill Building
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator Activities
  • Writing Letters of Recommendation
  • Narrative Evaluation
  • Developing + Strengthening Relationships with College Representatives


"Jackie is a true educator and consultant. She can parse through a student's needs as only an experience educator can, while providing professional and individualized plans and guidance as only an experienced consultant can. Providing organizational consulting and training to our team, we also never hesitate to introduce her to any of our students, each of whom has always responded with glowing comments. In addition, Jackie has a simply bright personality which goes a long way with students as well as in her professional communications."

"A trusted colleague and dear friend, as Vice President of Admissions & Financial Aid, I had the great fortune to have worked with many dedicated counselors across the country. In my opinion, Jackie Pravda is the professional gold standard."

"In my 23 years of admissions experience, I have found few colleagues I enjoy working with more. I find Jackie to be a wonderful advocate, honest, direct and sincere. Her follow through is amazing as is her way with words! She is a joy to work with."

"You've given me incredible opportunities for growth, which is something I see happen so rarely. Plus, I see how well you know all of your students, and work closely and gently, yet realistically with them - A perfect balance."

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