The Refrigeration School

4210 E Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034-1816
Tel: (602)275-7133
  • The mission of The Refrigeration School is to assist learners in development of the skills and knowledge necessary for employment and professional growth.The Refrigeration School, Inc. is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and CollegesFor more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at,
School Highlights
  • The Refrigeration School serves 668 students (100% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 30:1 is lower than the state community college average of 39:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 67% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 48%.
  • The Refrigeration School is one of 26 community colleges within Maricopa County, AZ.
  • The nearest community college is GateWay Community College (0.40 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 22 teachers has declined by 31% over five years.
The Refrigeration School(AZ) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty22 staff66 staff
The Refrigeration School Total Faculty (2007-2016)
Number of Programs Offered414

Student Body

  • The student population of 668 has declined by 14% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 30:1 has decreased from 32:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.81 is more than the state average of 0.65. The school's diversity has grown by 31% over five years.
Total Enrollment668 students5,697 students
The Refrigeration School Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio30:139:1
The Refrigeration School Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students668 students1,101 students
The Refrigeration School Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students-4,596 students
The Refrigeration School Part-Time Students (2007-2008)
The Refrigeration School Enrollment Breakdown AZ All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
The Refrigeration School American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
The Refrigeration School Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
The Refrigeration School Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
The Refrigeration School Black (2007-2016)
% White
The Refrigeration School White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
% Two or more races
The Refrigeration School More (2008-2016)
% Unknown races
The Refrigeration School Ethnicity Breakdown AZ All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.810.65
The Refrigeration School Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
The Refrigeration School Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$39,900$31,400
The Refrigeration School Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

    % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid77%82%
    The Refrigeration School % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
    Median Debt for Graduates$11,183$9,500
    The Refrigeration School Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
    Median Debt for Dropouts$5,257$5,022
    The Refrigeration School Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
    Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

    School Notes

    • The Refrigeration School, Inc. (RSI) has trained individuals to become professional, entry-level Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) technicians since 1965. RSI has since expanded its training and now offers multiple career-focused training opportunities. RSI?s instructors are experienced industry professionals. RSI?s training programs are designed based on industry feedback to meet employers? needs. RSI promotes a student-centric learning environment to support the learner who desires to put forth a great deal of effort to achieve his or her desired professional goals. The Refrigeration School was established to train entry-level Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) technicians. The Refrigeration School added the Electrical Technologies and Electro-Mechanical Technologies courses in 1986 and 1987 respectively, to respond to the growing demand for entry-level electricians and facility maintenance technicians. In 1992 the school made an additional commitment and developed the Associate of Occupational Studies degree program in Mechanical Maintenance Engineering. The RSI campus which is easily accessible from all parts of the Phoenix metropolitan area, includes two buildings with 21,000 square feet of classroom, lab, and support service facilities. An additional 5,400 square feet of outdoor shop area brings the total to over 26,000 square feet of training facilities. We at RSI want to ensure that your education experience is a rewarding one. Please note that RSI offers ample support to all its students. We wish you the best in achieving your educational and professional goals. See more at: The Refrigeration School, Inc. (RSI) offers quality vocational training designed to prepare graduates for entry-level positions in the skilled trades, specifically in the fields of HVAC/R, electrical wiring and solar installation. Students are given the tools they'll need to succeed in the professional workplace, and are allowed ample practice time using modern equipment, such as our E-STAR and M-STAR systems. Our career-focused curriculum offers hands-on training with an emphasis on troubleshooting, and our highly experienced instructors guide trainees toward mastery. Graduates who are dedicated to learning will find that the techniques, technology and problem-solving attitudes honed at a reputable technical school can provide a solid foundation for a rewarding career. RSI has been helping students succeed for over five decades, and proudly offers extensive career services, housing assistance, GED training and financial aid for those who qualify.

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    Phoenix community colleges have a diversity score of 0.68, which is higher than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Phoenix is The Refrigeration School. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.