Skool vs HighLevel: The Truth 

 Updated: July 10, 2024

skool vs highlevel

Skool and HighLevel are platforms a lot of course creators use for different purposes.

They both have their own niche within the industry but are also often compared to each other.

In this article, we’ll make sure to review features that can be put side to side and see which platform might be better suited depending on your needs.

What’s the difference between Skool and HighLevel?

For context, let’s first take a quick look at the overview of these platforms and what they promise.

Skool is mainly marketed as a community platform to create a thriving group of people that you can also charge a membership.

HighLevel is originally more catered to agencies and individuals business owners looking for a one-stop shop.

So that’s a big difference which explains the different features they offer and who they might be a better fit for.

That’s what we’ll expand on but for now let’s lay out these features:

Skool

  • Course creation (no video hosting)
  • Community creation with user created content
  • Native Payment System
  • Members’ profile, direct messaging and chat
  • A leadership board for gamification and reward
  • A visual calendar to organize online/offline events
  • Mobile App

HighLevel

  • Advanced Funnel & Site Building
  • Blogging
  • Advanced Emails, Text & Automations
  • Unlimited File Hosting
  • Online Course Builder
  • Community Feature
  • Payment, Invoicing & Tax
  • CRM & Pipelines Management
  • Scheduler & Appointment Booking
  • Reputation Management
  • White Label mobile app (extra cost)

Pricing: Skool Vs HighLevel

Before diving into the features in more details, let’s answer your first question about how much each platform costs.

Both platform offer a 14 day free trial and then very simple plans:

  • Skool Pricing

  • highlevel pricing

Skool has a very straightforward pricing with 1 plan at $99 per month for 1 membership group.

Meanwhile, HighLevel charges $97 per month for most of its features (within 1 account).

As we’ll see later, the biggest strength of Skool is its community, for which it does a much better job than HighLevel.

For HighLevel, that feature is just a small part of what it offers and has a lot more tools available.

We’ll dive into these features next but this helps for context and understanding of what you get for this pricing.

Features: Which One Offers The Best?

Pages

This is a great feature to illustrate the difference between the two platforms.

In short, Skool doesn’t really have any page or website builder capabilities.

The only thing you’ll have is a checkout page for people to get into your membership.

Skool Checkout

That’s why very few membership owners use Skool on its own and usually pair it with at least another website builder platform (WordPress, Wix,etc.)

HighLevel on the other hand offers a full solution here.

You can build a fully functional and beautiful website with the visual page builder:

HighLevel Page Builder

This comes with many different templates depending on the type of page you’re wanting to build.

But also a funnel builder allowing you to easily take your prospect through the different steps necessary for a sale.

This includes upsell and downsell features as well as A/B testing.

Again HighLevel is meant to be used as a one-stop-shop which might not be what you’re looking for if you already have a website.

But overall it’s clear that the platform is far superior to Skool in that regard.

Course & Community

This is the most interesting feature to compare and certainly where Skool stands out.

The central feature of the platform is how it enables you to create a simple but vibrant community - a little bit like your own Facebook group (but better).

Skool Community

You can create different categories and topics of discussion which people can then search and filter for.

Members get points for posting or overall engagement in the community allowing them to appear on the leaderboard.

You can also set secret bonus unlocking based on the different badges they earn:

Skool Leaderboard

Each member also has the opportunity to fill out their profile and network with other members through the internal messaging system.

HighLevel definitely doesn’t offer as much of an extensive feature here.

Yes you can build a Community Product, but there isn’t much you can do in there:

HighLevel Community

It’s more like a Slack environment with simple posts and replies to the community, more like a forum than an engaging community experience.

But if you’re not interested in building a membership you can also build a standard course product.

You’ll have a few options for its layout:

HighLevel Course Templates

Unlimited file hosting is included (videos too) and you can easily build your curriculum from the back-end.

You also have access to learning tools like Quizzes and Assignments to turn this into a better learning experience.

HighLevel Course Curriculum Builder

This isn’t something Skool delivers on to a great level.

Yes you can also build courses in Skool, but video hosting is not included.

There is also little you can do about the course layout or adding anything else than Downloads (no learning tools).

Skool Curriculum Builder

Overall, this is really the crux of which of these two platforms might be a better choice for you.

Skool does offer a great membership experience but lacks in other aspects where HighLevel excels.

Checkout & Payment

The last feature worthy of comparing here between the two platforms is how you can take payments.

Skool now only allows for their native payment processor - a white-labeled version of Stripe.

Processing fees are on par with Stripe too.

The checkout will be fairly basic and there isn’t much you can adjust.

Skool Checkout

The most disappointing part of their payment system is the fact that you can’t charge for one-time payment but only recurring subscription!

HighLevel is much more flexible, allowing for both Paypal and Stripe connections.

But also allowing for a variety of payment : one-time payments, subscription, trials, payment plans,etc.

HighLevel Checkout Builder

On top of that, you’ll be able to set automatic tax calculations and connect natively to Quickbooks.

You can also sell any type of product: digital (courses, membership, downloads,etc.) and physical products.

Another feature where HighLevel is far superior here.

But again. If you’re just looking to sell memberships then this is not necessarily a deal breaker.

Other

Here are some other features to consider for both platforms:

Mobile app: Skool offers a mobile app for your members to engage in your community on the go directly from their phone. This can make a huge difference in engagement and something HighLevel doesn’t currently offer.

Email & Automation: HighLevel has a built-in and advanced email marketing and automation system to allow you to send bulk email campaigns and convert your leads. This is not something Skool offers at all.

Scheduler: HighLevel also offers a native scheduling system to plan sales calls and would enable you to ditch other external softwares like Calendly or Acuity.

Skool Vs HighLevel The Bottom Line

Skool is a better choice if:

  • You already have other parts of your tech stack covered - website, email system,etc. And are looking for a specialist tool for your membership to offer a great community experience.

HighLevel is a better choice if:

  • You need a platform that does it all and also includes features for online courses and membership, even if they are basic.

Joey Mazars

Online Course Platform Expert

Hi, there! I've literally spent thousands of hours helping clients build their online courses on these platforms through my marketing services.

I've become obsessed with helping them find the right fit for their needs and decided to guide other creators through their decision process with these detailed reviews.

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