Elsdon is well served by schools. Its Year 1-6 primary, Porirua School, is an award-winning Enviro School with an after-school club and yearly themes like science or technology. In a recent report, the Education Review Office praised an engaging curriculum built around student interests and abilities, extra learning support, whole-school professional development, and an open-door policy for families. Most students go on to Titahi Bay Intermediate.
Elsdon also has its own secondary school, Mana College. A car parked in a driveway across the road from the school bears the number plate "GO MANA," in support of its successful sports teams. The multicultural school also has a diverse curriculum. Senior students can choose academic, general or vocational "pathways", with specialised classes such as digital media/design, business studies, hospitality, and building technology. There's also a work-placement programme and an academic-support centre. (A separate special-needs school, Mahinawa Specialist School, is based in a state-of-the-art facility on Mana College grounds, catering largely to autistic students.) Other intermediate and secondary students attend nearby state-integrated Catholic school Bishop Viard College.