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

Eugene Alvin Villar seav80 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 21 01:53:04 GMT 2012

Don't we already tag tertiary schools differently by the following tags?:


In my country, colleges are a separate classification from
universities, so the two tags already somewhat makes sense. But I
would like a way to tag if a school provides primary education,
secondary, or both.

By the way, how do you tag specialized schools--those that don't
provide basic education but some other specialized subject such as a
culinary school, or a martial arts school, or a music school?

On Sat, Jan 21, 2012 at 9:20 AM, Josh Doe <josh at joshdoe.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 6:52 PM, Andrew Harvey <andrew.harvey4 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I've been using what makes sense locally. For me that is,
>> school:level={primary|secondary|...}
>> school:sector={public|private}
>> school:selective={yes|no}
>> 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.
> I think creating some 205 different tagging schemes (one for each
> country) is a bit excessive, and we don't do this for other tags.
> However I'd agree that not every country will fit into one scheme. I
> would propose almost exactly what you use, and I think it should work
> for the vast majority of countries:
> school:level={early|primary|secondary|tertiary}
> school:sector={public|private}
> But I suppose primary and secondary are the only ones that would be
> used much in practice, since tertiary already would be covered
> (in-part) by amenity=university, amenity=college, and early is covered
> (in-part) by amenity=kindergarten.
> Then of course each country is free to create it's own more detailed
> system. In the US it would likely include
> school:us:level={elementary,middle,high} since for some reason we
> break secondary into two levels. Optionally people could use
> school:level:isced= if they want a universal classification with more
> levels than just school:level.
> -Josh

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