The oldest school but relatively less known is the Government High School at Sunabeda-1 which has one alumni Sri Jayaram Pangi as a Member of Parliament. Most educated people in the old parts of the town are likely to be products of this elite school belonging to the T&R Department. The school has a huge campus and a very wide range of training facilities. Students get to learn motor mechanics, typewriting and shorthand, black smithy, weaving, carpentry, agriculture, animal husbandry, poultry, tailoring, etc. It also has a N.C.C., and a Scouts and Guides unit.

To provide its HAL staff children with quality education. the management runs many educational institution. The Aeronautics College formerly known as A.C.A. College, (established in 1981) awards students with bachelor's degree in different streams. Vyomayana Samstha Vidyalaya (founded in 1968) affiliated to Central Board Of Secondary Education (C.B.S.E). The only missionary school, Jeevan Jyothi convent school is situated at Similiguda 5 km from Sunabeda. There is also the Sunabeda Public School (ICSE)in the A.E.F. Colony. The Sunabeda Public School founded in 1965 is the oldest English-medium school in the erstwhile undivided Koraput district . It is a co-educational residential school having classes from LKG to Class XII. The other schools are A.G.H. School, and A.D.A.V. School. The primary schools are: D Zone School, R Zone School, and I Zone School.

For the development of women's education in Sunabeda there is women's college named as Sunabeda Women's College. Aurobindo Integral School, and Saraswati Vidya Mandir (founded in 1985) were also established for the development of education in the NAC area. Saaraswati Vidya Mandir is an Oriya medium school, affiliated to board of secondary education, Bhubaneswar.

Kendriya Vidyalaya, Naval Armament Depot, Sunabeda was established in the year 1989 with 5 classes (Class I to V) with an enrollment of 91 students. Started in the Defense sector to cater to the educational needs of the children of the employees of Naval Armament Depot (NAD), MES, Security Corps and the other local population, the KV grew into a full-fledged school up to Class X with 248 students today.