I had a completely different experience from the other reviewers I see here. The classes were very reasonably priced and the management was always professional and helpful to me, always. They worked around my schedule and I was never penalized when I cancelled even a minute before scheduled driving practice. The main problem I encountered was contradictory approaches when I had someone other than my regular instructor working with me. I was lucky to have Gabriel as my instructor for the most and he was very meticulous, and was very invested in my learning to drive and passing the test. There is a fantastic method to his teaching that prepared me well for the rigors of the road and the test. I went to this school after having experiences with impatient teachers at another school, so I went there with a tough zero tolerance attitude for impatience. I was direct whenever I felt any teacher was not operating with the patience I demanded, I let them know straight up that I was not going to deal with any attitude and impatience. So if you are going to this or any driving school, expect teachers who are impatient at times but that should not be a factor you cant vary especially if the teacher is excellent otherwise. Take control of your learning. ask questions until they are answered and don't be afraid to say from one adult to another "you are being very impatient and I am not going to tolerate this today". WRT the accent, I do not speak creole but when at the times I did not understand a driver, I asked him to repeat, just as we do in NYC when we encounter someone whose English accent is not exactly the same as ours.On the day of my test, Gabriel was the one giving me tips all the way to the road test site. To each his own I guess, but I had a great experience with this school. I did not pass the first road test because I obviously was not prepared, I just hadn't taken enough classes. I cant blame a school for that. I passed the second time because I took many more classes in prep. Nobody can make driving automatic for you, it depends on practice and practice depends on the number of classes you pay for (if you don't have a family or friend with a car to practice in your own time). I would highly recommend La Difference if you are like me, who was looking for reasonably priced instruction, close to home (Brooklyn) professional friendly management who always accommodated me, and experienced, talented and though sometimes tough teachers such as Gabriel.
We transferred to this school from our district Magnet school, PS 133, and I couldn't be happier. The staff is concerned and caring, the teachers are excellent and my daughter is undoubtedly thriving here. She went from being indifferent about school to being extremely engaged and enthusiastic. The small community is warm and friendly, the student body is diverse, with wonderful children and the atmosphere is always calm and nurturing (my daughter couldn't get over the fact that no teachers yell at this school). I wouldn't transfer her to any other place (including private schools) after observing the positive changes that have occurred in under a year in her learning habits and she has progressed beyond my expectations in a very short time. I highly recommend Brooklyn Prospect Charter Elementary for promoting such a learning positive environment where kids are encouraged to be curious, imaginative, and their best possible selves.
PS 133 would be a much better school for the people who live in the area if the teachers had control in the classrooms and if the school had a more diverse student body. Unfortunately, parents in the area know better than to send their kids there. Instead they have to go to other schools where they have control and turns out to be more diverse. It's a shame that this school is getting a new building when the current principal doesn't seem to care that the classrooms are out of control and good teachers want to leave or are leaving. Parents tend to forget that the Principal has an important job. She is in charge of the building and has to observe and rate the teachers. Do you want someone who lacks knowledge or ignors what is going on in the classrooms/building to watch over your child?