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Which grades of educational stages any educational facility provides. Edit or translate this description.
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The grades=* key is used for which grades (educational stages) any educational facility provides.

In many countries, grades=* is familiar to the general public and thus more verifiable than the more common tag isced:level=*. Grade numbers are also more granular than the ISCED standard. However, they are not uniform across countries, whereas ISCED is an international standard.


Add this tag to any node, way, or relation that has a amenity=school tag. The value may be a comma-separated list of alphanumeric (but usually numeric) grade levels, and/or with ranges indicated by  to or  - (e.g. "grades=1-12"). Because these values aren't necessarily uniform across countries, isced:level=* may also be used on the same feature to make the level of education more apparent to data consumers.

By country


The "principal characteristics" listed below are based on the original proposal, and are not accordant to all schools in the OSM database, and are apparently focused on Canada, France, and Sweden and a particular educational curriculum. You may also tag grades below 1 as "PK", "JK", and "SK".

Grade Description Principal characteristics
0 Senior kindergarten Normally between the ages of 5 and 6, designed to give a sound basic education in reading, writing and mathematics along with an elementary understanding of other subjects.
1 Grade 1 Between the ages 6 and 7. It is the first grade in elementary school, and the first school year after kindergarten (Grade 0, also known as senior kindergarten).
2 Grade 2 Ages 7-8 (usually). Often the start of low-level chemistry teaching.
3 Grade 3 Ages 8-9. Grade 3 is the fourth year of primary education in most countries. It is also the third school year of primary school.
4 Grade 4 Ages 9-10. Students study subjects such as math, science, English grammar and writing, literature, and history (often their state of residence during 4th grade). Most schools also offer health, music, art, and physical education.
5 Grade 5 Ages 10-11. Usually the last grade of elementary school; but in some cases elementary school can extend to Grade 6.
6 Grade 6 Ages 11-12. Sometimes the end of elementary school. Usually the first year where students have different teachers for each subject, but some schools have the same classroom for most of the subjects (such as mathematics, science, social studies, geography, etc.).
7 Grade 7 Ages 12-13. New topics sometimes include scientific notation, concepts with negative numbers, and more advanced geometry. Biology is also taught; and instruction in the fundamental skills of reading, writing and math, as well as history, geography, crafts, music, science, art, and physical education (phys ed. or gym), are provided.
8 Grade 8 Ages 13-14. Students in Grade 8 typically study English, mathematics, science, social science, health and physical education, the arts, technology, and a learning language.
9 Grade 9 Ages 14-15. Grade 9 and Grade 10 are sometimes the starting of high school; depending on which country it is in.
10 Grade 10 More specialized education which typically includes ages 15 and 16. Occasionally, precalculus can be taught for those who are advanced in math. Literature, science, and social studies are also prominent subjects.
11 Grade 11 Ages 16-17. They often acquire more advanced world culture and geography knowledge, along with some more-advanced social studies such as psychology and government.
12 Grade 12 Ages 17-18. Typically the last year of high school; though some countries offer Grade 13 as part of high school. In many Canadian high schools, student during their year, hold a series of fundraisers, grade-class trips, and other social events. At the end of the year, Grade 12 students often attend graduation which usually involves an official ceremony.
13 Grade 13 Ages 18-19. Sometimes the end of secondary school, but in Quebec this is the start of college. Students generally study their chosen subjects.
14 Third Level Ongoing education; ages 19-20. The last school before higher education is called ongoing school and is voluntary, though many choose to attend. At this level students decide among separate career-related schools. Some of the more practical schools last only two years, and some students may choose to attend an extra year to study higher education.

United States

In the U.S., use the official grade level numbers used by each school, which are standardized at the state level. The table below also includes the corresponding isced:level=* tags for convenience:

Grades grades=* isced:level=* Notes
Preschool N/A 0 preschool=yes
Pre-kindergarten PK
Transitional kindergarten TK California
Kindergarten K Also tag amenity=kindergarten or kindergarten=yes depending on whether higher grades are offered.
First through sixth grade 1 to 6 1
Seventh through ninth grade 7 to 9 2
Tenth through twelfth grade 10 to 12 3
Thirteenth grade 13 North Carolina and Oregon
Special-needs education SP N/A


  • grades=0-6
  • grades=1-7
  • grades=11-14
  • grades=9-12
  • A few users have instead used "to" as a separator, for example grades=1 to 5
  • Sometimes each grade has been listed, separated by semicolons or commas, for example *grades=9,10,11,12


See the original proposal. Current usage differs in some countries.

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