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Atlanta, GA

250 E Ponce de Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
Tel.: 404.836.8670
ELS Center Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on weekends and holidays)


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ELS/Atlanta is located on the beautifully renovated and modern 4th floor of the Wells Fargo Bank building, on the corner of East Ponce De Leon Avenue and North Candler Street in Decatur, Georgia. This chic and very walkable area contains an easily-accessible MARTA train station and many diverse restaurants and coffee shops, all within walking distance from the Center. The Center is also close to downtown and midtown Atlanta, abundant in major universities, museums, luxury and outlet shopping, professional sports and events and other tourist attractions.

  • BRAND NEW Center location!
  • In the heart of trendy Downtown Decatur in Decatur Square
  • Minutes from Atlanta's excellent and easy to use public transportation
  • Easy access to Downtown/Midtown Atlanta & Buckhead
  • Atlanta's cultural events and professional sports
  • Safe area within 20 minutes of Atlanta
  • Universities, colleges and local schools nearby
  • Close enough to Florida and South Carolina attractions for weekend trips
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Distance to Key Locations from ELS Center

Location Minutes Transportation Method
Airport 20/30
Bank 2
Downtown Area 5
Post Office 7-10
Restaurant(s) 5
Shopping Mall/Outlet 25-30
Supermarket 5
Pharmacy 7-10
Public Transportation 5








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Programs available at this location

2016 Cost Per Session
$1790 USD
2016 Cost Per Session
$1680 USD
2016 Cost Per Session
$1410 USD
American Explorer Program

Enjoy the Adventure

2016 Cost Per Session
$1350 USD
The Complete Prep Program for the TOEFL® iBT

Achieve your goals by preparing for the TOEFL® iBT with ELS!

2016 Cost Per Session
$2040 USD
English for Executives

Group and One-to-One Instruction

2016 Cost Per Session
$5725 USD
Super Intensive English Program

One-to-One instruction

Super Intensive Plus

One-to-One Instruction

Furnished Common Living Area for ELS Students Furnished Common Living Area for ELS Students Furnished Common Kitchen Area for ELS Students Furnished Shared Bedroom in Unit Furnished Shared Bedroom in Unit Shared Bathroom 1 in Unit Shared Bathroom 2 in Unit

The Place on Ponce(Student Residence (Off Campus))

The Place on Ponce is a brand new luxury apartment complex, within short walking distance to ELS/Atlanta's NEW Center location, as well as to the MARTA Decatur Transit Station, the public library, the post office, restaurants, coffee shops, a grocery store and a pharmacy!
ELS students will appreciate fully furnished units that can accommodate up to four students, with two students per double deluxe bedroom and bathroom. There is also a spacious common living space in each unit, where students can join together and socialize over meals! The residence building is shared with native speakers and residents, with plenty of opportunity to practice English skills! No meal plan is included, but each unit is equipped with a modern and full kitchen, which includes storage space, a full size refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, oven and microwave.
Amenities include: \*In unit: central heat and air, washer/dryer, patio/balcony, floor lamps in bedrooms, cookware, utensils, dishes, utilities, wireless internet, bed linens \*In complex: free access to outdoor swimming pool, gym, clubroom, cyber cafe, community gatherings, beverages/treats
Parking on property: parking garage - $25 per month, per vehicle; see ELS Center staff regarding payment and receiving parking pass.
Security on property: secure building in safe area; all tenants required to have key fob for access to building.

Price per Session $920
Occupancy Double Deluxe
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $175
Meals / week or Meal Credit
No meals included (full kitchens in apartments)

Homestays in the area(Homestay)

ELS/Atlanta has acquired fantastic new homestay families near the NEW Center location!
The average commute time is currently 30 minutes by car, and in some cases, host families are willing to provide transportation, although not required. The Center's homestays are conveniently located close to MARTA stations (bus and train), so students have the freedom to travel at their own pace. Almost all new homestay families are less than 30-40 minutes by public transportation.
Home types vary, but in general, ELS host families live in safe and affluent neighborhoods near the Center. ELS students will be assigned single rooms, some with shared bathrooms. All homes have heating and air conditioning, along with wireless internet. ELS students will have access to kitchen and laundry areas in the home.

Price per Session $1000
Occupancy Single
Minimum Age 18
Airport Pickup $175
Meals / week or Meal Credit
14 meals per week

Lobby Area Administrative Offices Classroom Example LTC: 40 Computer Lab
  • Center NOT handicapped accessible
  • Classrooms NOT handicapped accessible

What is Conditional Admission?

Institutions in the ELS University Conditional Admission Network offer conditional admission to students who are academically admissible based on the student’s academic record and other university and/or departmental and program requirements, but who have not yet demonstrated English proficiency. Your admission is “conditional” based upon satisfying English proficiency through completion of a specified level of the ELS English for Academic Purposes program and any other specific requirements prior to full admission. Once these requirements are fulfilled, you are able to fully matriculate. These requirements will be outlined on your Conditional Letter of Admission, and your selected ELS center will assist you in completing all of the necessary requirements for matriculation.

Additional matriculation requirements may include other required scores, for example, GMAT® or GRE® for graduate programs.

Our ELS University Partners will offer a Conditional Letter of Admission (CLA) detailing the additional requirements needed for matriculation. You and your family can be assured that you have a university placement and ELS registration prior to departing for the USA.

What is the Conditional Admission Process?

  1. Find a university via our University Finder
  2. Apply for university admission and enroll for English studies at ELS Language Centers with help from a local ELS authorized Counseling Agent.
  3. If you are an acceptable candidate for university admission, you receive a letter of "Conditional university admission subject to English proficiency and submission of any other required documentation for matriculation."
  4. Study at any of the 60 ELS Centers in the USA to fulfill the university entrance requirement for English proficiency.
  5. Begin your university program!

Meet the Staff

Derek Gantt

Derek Gantt

Academic Director

Hello! My name is Derek, and I am the Academic Director at ELS Atlanta. I was born and raised in the metro Atlanta area, and I enjoy sharing my knowledge about the local area with students. I taught English in Japan for several years before returning to Georgia in 2011, when I began teaching at ELS Atlanta. After several years as an instructor, I became Academic Director. I love my job because I enjoy helping people succeed. In my free time, I like reading works of literature and popular fiction, watching classic and new movies, and trying new kinds of food.

Stasha Oakley

Stasha Oakley

International Student Advisor

Growing up in the most diverse county in Georgia, I’ve always been around international communities. I graduated from Georgia State University in 2010 with a Bachelors in History and a minor in Islamic Studies. During my time in university I studied both Spanish and Arabic and loved diving into the languages. I briefly taught English to children in Guatemala and also volunteered as an assistant ESL teacher at the Latin American Association in Atlanta. I started with ELS in January 2015 and have embraced this opportunity to teach students about my city and learn about their hometowns around the world. In my spare time I like to watch horror movies, explore Atlanta’s culinary scene, and I can dance a killer bachata.

ELS Pool Party

July 25, 2016

ELS Atlanta hosted an awesome pool party at our student residence.

Ferris Wheel

May 25, 2016

Visiting the Ferris Wheel and Centennial Olympic Park

CNN Center

May 25, 2016

CNN Center

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

May 25, 2016

Atlanta Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park

Hawks Game

February 18, 2016

Students watch Atlanta's own NBA team: The Hawks!

Ringling Brothers Circus

February 18, 2016

Students clown around at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus!

Ringling Brothers Circus

February 18, 2016

Students clown around at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus!

Zoo Atlanta

November 20, 2015

A visit to Zoo Atlanta

Hot Air Balloon Festival

October 29, 2015

Students enjoy an autumn hot air balloon festival

Indoor Soccer

October 29, 2015

Students went head to head in an indoor soccer match!

World of Coke

October 29, 2015

Students visit the famous World of Coke museum!

North GA Fair

October 2, 2015

Students Attend the North GA Fair in Marietta, GA!

A Night at the Georgia Aquarium

September 3, 2015

Students made some salt water friends at the Georgia Aquarium!

Atlanta Silverbacks Game

September 1, 2015

ELS Atlanta students got up close & personal with the Atlanta Silverbacks Soccer Team!

Scavenger Hunt

August 31, 2015

Students raced around campus taking pictures and answering questions to win a $20 Visa gift card!

Medieval Times

August 31, 2015

Students & staff have a journey back in time at Medieval Times in Duluth, Georgia.


2016 ELS/Atlanta Application

2016 ELS/Atlanta Application

2016 ELS/Atlanta Center Application

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Hornet Village Single Dorm Room

Hornet Village Single Dorm Room

Floor plan of ELS dorm rooms in the Hornet Village housing

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