[Tagging] Test prep centres and cram schools as amenity=prep_school?

Philip Barnes phil at trigpoint.me.uk
Fri Jul 5 10:57:34 UTC 2019

The issue I see with prep school is that it can be very easily confused with a Preparatory School, commonly referred to as a Prep School. I believe the term is used in both British and American English, i.e. Prepy.

Phil (trigpoint)

On Friday, 5 July 2019, Joseph Eisenberg wrote:
> I followed a link from amenity=school to amenity=prep_school, which
> was only as stub with the text "Tutorial schools" and
> description="Tutor school".
> Taghistory shows it has been used since 2012, slowly increasing to a
> few hundred uses since 2018, but had no wiki page still March 2019.
> However, I found out that this tag has now been added to
> osmlab/name_suggestion_index for brands like Kumon - an East Asian
> test prep centre, aka "cram school".
> Unfortunately, this usage does not at all match the UK or US English
> meanings of "Prep School":
> 1) "Prep school": in the UK, a private primary school for children,
> especially boys, between the ages of 7 and 13, who will then usually
> go to "public school" (a type of private secondary school). See
> https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/prep-school
> 2) "college preparatory school", informally "Prep school" (North
> American English), a type of secondary school where there students
> plan to attend University. See
> https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/preparatory-school
> I couldn't find any definition of "prep school" which mentioned test
> prep centers, as in this wikipedia article:
> http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Test_preparation - perhaps it's Singaporean
> or Hong Kong English, or a translation error?
> So, what's a better term for a test prep centre, cramp school, or
> tutoring office? There the rarely used tag office=tutoring, but that
> doesn't quite cover a place like Kaplan or Kumon -
> https://au.kumonglobal.com/ - https://www.kaptest.com/
> amenity=test_prep
> amenity=cram_school
> office=test_prep
> amenity=tutoring
> Other options?
> -Joseph
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