|amenity = school|
|A primary or secondary school (pupils typically aged 6 to 18).|
|Rendering in openstreetmap-carto|
|Group: Education features|
|Used on these elements|
|Tools for this tag|
- primary schools (ISCED 1, tagged with isced:level=1) and
- secondary schools (ISCED 2 and 3, tagged with isced:level=2;3), in some countries called high schools .
For other educational establishments, see
- amenity=kindergarten (ISCED 0),
- amenity=college and amenity=university (ISCED 5-8)
- further facilities.
How to map
There are several standard situations regarding schools. Each school should be mapped only once. Don't double them.
Schools can be further defined by the following tags::
- operator=* – Name of operator, often the local education authority.
- operator:type=* – type of operator, e.g. community / religious / private / government
- Address and other contact details
- capacity=*, the maximum number of pupils the school can accept
- isced:level=*, for the educational level according to the ISCED scale
- grades=* – Which grades the school provides, can be used in conjunction with isced:level=*
- min_age=* and max_age=* to indicate age range of children that attend the school
- fee=yes if the school requires a direct charge for core services.
- religion=*, if the school is associated with a particular religion (also denomination=*)
- ref=*, if school has a reference number
Single school on one site
If you have a single school on one ground, mark the boundary of the school using an Area or place a Node in the middle of the site if you are in a hurry (or don't have access to information about the boundary and it is not obvious from aerial imagery). If you use a Area it is also optional to mark the area with landuse=education too, but it is not neccessary.
Multiple school on one site
When one ore more schools share their grounds use the following schema. This also applies when schools share a site with other amenity=*.
- Mark the outer boundary of the shared school grounds/campus/area using an area with the tag landuse=education. If this shared area has its own name, tag this as well.
- For each school or other amenity tag a node at an appropriate place within this area, or if the school has its own building for its exclusive use on the grounds, add the amenity-tag to the building outline . Make sure that there is only one OSM-element for each school. Add the school's details to the relevant amenities.
School with multiple sites
Schools with multiple sites are more complicaded. So far, mainly Relation:multipolygon have been used there.
Because a school not every time is marked as areas, the Relation:site should rather be used. But here don't exist any consensus in the community.
- Use a Relation with type=site, amenity=school, name=*, ... for the school.
- Add each site (area, building, note) to the relation.
Several details can be added when drawing the complete school campus.
- building=school is used for purpose-built school buildings (reused buildings keep their building type).
- appropriate additional tags can be added to the building, for example amenity=swimming_pool.
- entrance=* and if appropriate barrier=gate can be considered for the points where roads, paths or other access routes into the school grounds cross the boundary of the school. Building entrances can be mapped with a node on the building outline, with one of the following tags:
- leisure=pitch is used for individual sports pitches. Where an individual sport can be identified, sport=* and surface=grass/asphalt/... can be added.
- leisure=sports_hall is used for indoor sports facilities, if purpose-built with building=sports_hall.
- landuse=grass is used for areas of grass, possibly covering multiple pitches or used for other purposes.
- leisure=schoolyard is an open space in schools, specifically for recreation but usually without playground infrastructure.
- leisure=playground is often found on primary school grounds with infrastructure such as playground=climbingframe etc.
Typical facilities outside the scope of amenity=school are:
- amenity=college – Institute of Further Education (similar to Continuing Education). Not the same as a "college" in American English.
- amenity=university – Institute of Higher Education
- amenity=kindergarten – Kindergarten, play group or preschool
amenity=preschool– deprecated; use amenity=kindergarten or amenity=childcare
- Specialty schools:
- amenity=dancing_school – also see leisure=dance dance:teaching=yes
- amenity=driving_school – Motor vehicle driving lessons
- amenity=flight_school – Proposed. Training to fly an aircraft. Also see amenity=college
- amenity=language_school – an educational institution where one studies a foreign language
- amenity=music_school – Music school
- amenity=prep_school – Standardized test preparation school, other than a British preparatory school (which nominally prepares for the w:Common Entrance Examination), or an American college-preparatory school (for which, use amenity=school).