Thomas Jefferson's Scholar Bowl teams have earned 1st Place finishes in the MSHSAA Class I district tournaments each year for the past 20 years, and have won the state competition in 10 of the past 15 years. The 2016-17 team won the MSHSAA Ozark 7 Conference contest, the district competition, the state sectional competition, and in May 2017, the team won the State Championship.
The State Champion 2015-2016 team is (from left): Joe Scott, Garrison Henkle, Lex Baird, Alex Renfro, Tiernon Riesenmy, Noah Wells, Mario Destephen, Christian Smith, Pranav Suri, and Noah Dickinson.
Quiz bowl, also known as Scholar Bowl, Scholastic Bowl, Brain Bowl, Academic Bowl, and Knowledge Bowl, is a competition featuring questions and answers on all topics of human knowledge. The game is played with a lockout buzzer system between two teams of four players each. A moderator reads questions to the teams,and players endeavor to buzz in first with the correct answer, scoring points for their team.
The Upper School Academic Team is coached by Justin Kleinheider, and participates in various competitions throughout the school year. The varsity and junior varsity squads compete in several matches in the Ozark 7 conference, a conference tournament, and up to seven additional tournaments throughout the state. The district champion, determined in April, qualifies for the state sectional tournament. Sectional winners move on to the state finals which are held in Columbia in May. The Thomas Jefferson Academic Team is a member of the Missouri State High School Athletic Association (MSHSAA).
The Middle School Academic Team is coached by Becky Hendrickson and Zina Lewis, and competes with other area Middle School students. During the 2016-2017 season, the team earned 1st place in several tournaments.