• Introduction
  • User interface
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Cost
  • Summary

NEO vs. Schoology


NEO is a word-class, award-winning learning management system (LMS) for schools and universities. NEO helps schools manage all classroom activities, such as creating and delivering educational content, assessing students, tracking their results, and promoting communication and collaboration between students and teachers/faculty. NEO is a product of CYPHER LEARNING, a company that specializes in providing learning platforms for organizations around the world.

Schoology is a cloud-hosted LMS. It provides a free "Basic" version for individual teachers, and a for-fee "Enterprise" version for schools and districts.

NEO School portal

User interface

The NEO interface has a modern, responsive design that looks sharp and automatically adjusts based on the type of device. It provides attractive tile-based dashboards for students, teachers and administrators, a graphical class catalog, as well as simple pop-out navigation.

Many features can be enabled or disabled to suit young children through to college students. It provides rich content authoring as well as a visually attractive way to create and organize lesson material. NEO offers native mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows.

The Schoology interface is not as graphical as the NEO interface. It is built to function like a social networking site, resembling a Facebook page. For example, there are no tile-based dashboards, no graphical class catalog and no customizable portal.

The Schoology user interface is not responsive and users must download the Schoology mobile app to access their site on the go. The mobile apps only provide a subset of their LMS’s functionality. Schoology has mobile apps for iOS and Android.

NEO Student dashboard

Ease of use

NEO is very intuitive and easy to use. In addition, it includes an online help center with videos, getting started guides, and searchable help content. NEO also has a rapid response support forum where staff members typically respond to questions within 15-30 minutes during business hours 24/5.

Schoology is easy to use and understand, includes an online help center, community and technical support.

NEO Help center


NEO provides the range of functionality you'd expect in a modern LMS, such as support for classes (instructor led, blended, self-paced, and micro learning), twelve kinds of assignments, full-featured gradebook, content authoring, beautiful lesson layouts, gamification, automation, learning paths, drip content, adaptive learning, mastery and competencies (including US common core standards and Next Generation Science Standards), question banks, class templates, rubrics, collaboration tools, resources catalog, a customizable portal, and more.

NEO supports many important industry standards such as SCORM, Common Cartridge Format, LTI, QTI and LDAP. We also integrate with a wide variety of systems, including Google Drive, G Suite, Office 365, OneDrive, Calendars (iCal), Turnitin, Zapier, GoToMeeting, Zoom, WebEx, SIS, Equella, and more.

Schoology provides a similar feature set, with the main difference being that the features are not as visually attractive, and are a little harder to configure and use.

Here is a list of key features included in NEO that Schoology does not support:

User interface

  • 100% mobile responsive design
  • Customizable visitor portal
  • Graphical dashboards
  • Graphical class catalog
  • Support for more than 40 languages
  • Automatic language translation of messages and forum posts
  • Customizable terminology
  • Windows mobile app
  • Branded mobile apps


  • Content sync
  • Waitlists
  • Automation
  • Gamification
  • Drip content
  • Learning paths
  • Micro learning
  • Adaptive learning
  • Compliance
  • Class ratings and reviews
  • Prerequisite certificates
  • Seating charts
  • Waitlists

Assessment and analytics

  • Personalized assignments
  • Debates and team assignments
  • Curriculum coverage analysis
  • Comprehensive set of built-in reports
  • Scheduled reports
  • Custom reports


  • Wikis
  • Teams
  • Organizations
  • Public blog
  • Chat


  • Integration with your own email server
  • xAPI
  • Equella
  • Panopto
  • Unicheck
  • CometChat
  • MathJax
  • GoToMeeting
  • GoToTraining
  • Zoom
  • Skype for Business
  • Integration with 1,000+ apps via Zapier
  • MailChimp
  • PayPal
  • Authorize.net
  • Stripe
  • PayUbiz
  • PayU Latam


  • Built-in student help desk
  • Archiving students
  • Terms and conditions
  • Monitor and teaching assistant account types
  • E-commerce functionality
  • SEO features

NEO Class catalog


NEO has a free plan and costs about $6 per student per year for its Small school plan and around $7 per student per year for its Enterprise plan. There are no setup fees, cancellation fees, storage fees, bandwidth fees, support fees, or other hidden costs.

Schoology has a free plan for individual teachers, and a for-fee Enterprise plan for schools and districts. There is no free version that includes administration features that are generally required when using an LMS for your entire school. We have heard anecdotally that the Schoology Enterprise plan costs about $8 to $10 per student per year, with a $1,000+ setup fee, an annual maintenance support fee, and a required purchase of at least 500 student accounts.

NEO Class page


This presents a comparison of the most important features between NEO and Schoology.

NEO is a more attractive, easier-to-use LMS than Schoology, at a lower cost for both small and large schools/universities.

Schools that don’t need LMS "power" features can choose the NEO free plan, which is beautiful, easy-to-use, and includes the core functionality of a modern LMS. Note that Schoology does not provide a free plan for entire schools.

Schools that want LMS "power" features can upgrade from the NEO free plan to a NEO premium plan at any time, which includes a larger set of features compared to Schoology at a significantly lower price point.

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This comparison paper was written in April 2018 based on publicly available documentation on both vendors' sites. It was prepared as a guide and is not intended to be exhaustive. The comparison information is for guidance only and does not constitute any contractual representation, warranty or obligation on our part. Liability for errors, omissions or consequential loss is expressly disclaimed.

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