[Tagging] Level and type of school (ISCED, public/private/charter)

Andrew Harvey andrew.harvey4 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 20 23:52:57 GMT 2012

I've been using what makes sense locally. For me that is,


But perhaps I should be using school:au:level, school:au:selective and
school:au:sector like Pieren is.

Regardless I think it should be up to mappers inside an educational
district to decide what makes sense for their region.

In my region you could further mark if the private school is religious
or not and the type of religion, but I haven't actually done any
tagging like that.

On Sat, Jan 21, 2012 at 6:09 AM, Josh Doe <josh at joshdoe.com> wrote:
> I've been thinking about how to tag schools, specifically in regards
> to the level of education offered (primary/secondary,
> elementary/middle/high) and who operates the school (public/private).
> For the first, there's some discussion on the school talk page about
> using the ISCED system:
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Tag:amenity%3Dschool#Level_of_education
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Standard_Classification_of_Education
> I think this makes sense, perhaps using school:level or isced:level as
> a key name. Alternatively, a simpler system could be just primary,
> secondary, tertiary (similar to how Wikipedia articles are organized).
> I just found a proposal for something like this:
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/School_levels
> For the other, here in the US the most common types of school are
> public (run by the government, no charge for attendance), charter
> (paid by government, run by private entity, no charge for attendance),
> and private (run by private entity, charge for attendance). I'd like
> to get an international perspective on this. A possibly key could be
> school:type, though it is currently used for some numbered scheme that
> I'm not familiar with.
> Anyone else interested in this? It seems like this would be especially
> useful in the developing world.
> -Josh
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