The Council of Administrators of Taiwan Expatriate Schools (CATES) includes most of the international schools operating in Taiwan. However, each school exists completely independently of the others.

Schools applying for membership to CATES must meet a number of important criteria including stability, continuity, professionalism and an explicit commitment to internationalism and ethical practices. Education must be provided in English. Beyond that, however, there are no requirements concerning curriculum, ethos or ownership.

The heads of member school meet once a year - usually in the autumn. Meetings are held at member schools. A board of three members are elected by the heads of member schools.

On a day-to-day basis, heads of CATES schools communicate with each other regarding matters of common interest such as changes in employment legislation, appropriate precautions to take against pandemics, experience (good and bad) of service providers, athletics, and so on.

Opportunities are also taken to share the cost of visiting speakers or performers with neighboring schools, to coordinate PD initiatives, to bring together specialist staff and to support schools introducing new curriculums or programs.

CATES is a collegial and collaborative organization which exists for the betterment of all international schools in Taiwan to the benefit of the parents who choose them and the children who attend them.

CATES Gathering on October 17, 2020 at Taipei American School