The Elaine Sterling Institute was founded by Elaine Sterling in 2008 and is located in the heart of the City of Atlanta. Elaine saw the need for quality education that would match the fast-paced and growing field of esthetics. She has created a school that is renowned and internationally recognized for high educational standards. Elaine’s vision for a spa-like environment for her students to learn the very best of European techniques with the latest equipment was of paramount importance from inception.

The ESI Experience

Multi-Faceted Learning Environment

  • A modern, state-of-the art facility
  • 16,000+ square feet
  • 8 clinic floors/treatment areas
  • 4 classrooms
  • Latest equipment and treatment rooms

Prestigious Education

  • 1000-hour esthetics program
  • 600-hour nail care program
  • 750-hour massage program
  • Dynamic classroom environment includes lecture, guest speakers, hands-on client experience, and instruction from educators with diverse backgrounds
  • International ITEC and CIDESCO certifications
  • Thorough knowledge of skin & machine technology



Our Mission

The mission of The Elaine Sterling Institute is to provide programs of educational excellence that combine the classical European traditions of Esthetics, Nail Care and Massage Therapy with modern American scientific technologies. We instruct our students in the competencies set by the state board of Cosmetology and The State Board of Massage Therapy to equip them with the required skills to pass the state board examinations and prepare the students to excel in their professional careers.

Our Vision

The Institutional vision is integral to the future success of our educational programs and ultimately our graduates’ success in the workplace.  The instructional and administrative staff realizes they must be committed to the Institution’s mission and vision in-order to attain the objectives and goals of the strategic plan.

The vision statement of the Elaine Sterling Institute is to provide programs of educational excellence and to instruct our students in the competencies set by the state board of cosmetology and Massage Therapy; equipping students with the required skills to pass the state board examinations and to enter the work force.  Realizing this vision will ensure ESI has programs that are of the highest standard and its graduates will be sought by employers in the spa and medical spa industry.


Our Core Values

  • Provide programs of educational excellence
  • To promote a creative learning environment.
  • To provide a facility that emulates the spa environment to promote a smooth transition from school to the workplace
  • To provide a supportive and caring environment.
  • To provide a state-of-the-art facility that is clean, safe and attractive.
  • Commitment to our students’ success in school and in the workforce.

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