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Steve Saso

Hi, I'm Steve Saso founder of Saso High School Prep and I have over thirty-six years experience teaching high school. I have had every student imaginable in my classrooms. My sincere conviction is every student is able to experience academic success - if they are taught how with proper instruction and guidance. Everyone is capable of learning.

For the past eighteen years I have tutored middle school students to successfully prepare for high school math and English and for the High School Placement Test. 

When a student tells me they can't do math I take it as a personal challenge to build their self-confidence by proving them wrong.  It is a great joy to me when I work with kids who have been labeled as poor students, and they experience success. As confidence increases so does motivation. I love doing this work!

After graduating from Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose, CA and Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA I began my teaching career at Jesuit High in Sacramento followed by Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland. Moving to San Luis Obispo I helped re-open Mission College Prep and was Assistant Principal. Later, I returned to my alma mater and taught at Bellarmine for more than two decades.  

In addition to teaching, my wife Patt and I are authors of two books on parenting issues. We have been married for over 30 years and have 3 children. I am an avid Oakland A's fan, love to work in my garden, and enjoy traveling, especially to Hawaii.

Brian Saso

Hi, I'm Brian, Steve's oldest son. I attended Bellarmine College Prep for high school (class of '03) and went on to study at UC Santa Barbara. I graduated from UCSB in 2007 with a bachelor's in business.

I have been working at Saso High School Prep for over 15 years and have helped collaborate on the writing of our curriculum and classwork for the Saso HSPT prep classes.

Paul Saso

Hello! I'm Paul, Steve's youngest son. I've been a Bay Area native my whole life and I love it here. I attended Bellarmine College Prep for high school (class of '05) and went on to study at San Jose State University, all the while working for Saso High School Prep.

I've been working side-by-side with Steve, helping students prepare for the HSPT for over a decade! I truly enjoy working one-on-one with students in the classroom, teaching them grammar rules, new vocabulary words, and fundamental math skills that they will find useful now, in school, and the future, in everyday life. It brings me a lot of joy to help students learn, grow and improve in the classroom.

In my free time I enjoy playing poker, basketball, billiards, and working out. I enjoy high-level competition and I am an avid Warriors fan. Go Dubs!

Chris Lorenc

I've spent the past thirty-five years here in the Bay Area teaching literature and writing. There are few things that delight me more than helping young people deepen their own love and ability to learn. I attended Jesuit High School in Sacramento, University of San Francisco and Durham University in England for my undergraduate studies, and UCLA for graduate work.

For thirty-one years I taught every level of college prep English at Bellarmine in San Jose, every course from freshman English to a wide diversity of upper class electives to Bellarmine's Senior Honors program. During my years at Bellarmine, I was also varsity basketball coach and founded the school's Wilderness Program. As a teacher I've received a number of local and national teaching awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts' Teacher-Scholar Award. Now retired from full-time teaching (to dedicate more time to my own writing), I love working closely with small groups of young students here at Saso High School Prep.

My wife Debi and I now divide our time between our home in San Jose and our backwoods cabin in Big Sur, where I enjoy writing, hiking, and working as an advocate for local wilderness and cultural issues. Our four children - Matt, Nate, Caitlin, and Ali - live here in San Jose, too.

Paul Seliga

Hi, I'm Paul Seliga, a long-time Bay Area resident and friend of Steve Saso even longer. I grew up in Chicago, then moved to Los Angeles where I graduated from Loyola High School. (And no, I'm not a Dodgers fan--as my HSP students wanted desperately to know.) I have a bachelor's degree in Physics from Spring Hill College, taught algebra and geometry at Jesuit High School in Sacramento (along with Steve), and got master's degrees in theology and computer science. I worked for 30 years in the software engineering field, in various interesting businesses.

Now retired, I enjoy producing community theatre plays, singing in the church choir, running, biking, playing softball, rooting for the Niners, and volunteering. And I believe good math and writing skills are keys to self-confidence and success. 



“My son indicated to me that he learned a lot from both the HSPT and the Essay classes. He said that Brian and Chris were better than any teachers he ever had. I hope that as he continues his education, he would be fortunate to work with more teachers like them.”

-- Darius R.

"I really liked the teachers and the binder we used. The teachers were very helpful and funny. The binder they gave us was nice because it kept everything neat and organized. The whole course was well planned."

-- Emily D.
Summer 2012

“My son took the Summer HSPT course. Brian Saso was such a wonderful teacher. The class was really helpful in helping him find out his areas of strength and weakness so he could continue to work on his weaknesses in the Fall. We are very happy that he scored in the national 99 percentile rank! Thank you so much! ”

-- Denise L.
March 2014

“Although our son has incredible natural skills, he has surely done well also thanks to the preparation provided by Carden Academy and SASO High School Prep, which I will definitely highly recommend!”

-- Antonio M.
March 2014

“Thank you for everything. We will continue to recommend your classes to all our friends. We see it as a benefit whether you are applying to a private school or not.

-- Rebecca T.
March 2014


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