Senior living in Spokane, WA

Mark Scroggin, Community Director at The Academy, A Merrill Gardens Community
 Mark Scroggin
 General Manager

A message from the
General Manager

I am a native of Spokane and a graduate of Gonzaga Preparatory School and Eastern Washington University. I have been the General Manager of The Academy for over five years and have served in the senior living and rehabilitation field for more than 25 years. Our team is very dynamic, compassionate, and customer oriented. We all share the passion to serve our wonderful residents and families.

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Take your place in history. Our community is housed in a large brick building from the 1890's - originally home to a girl's school. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this lovely community is filled with light from the giant windows and features a grand fireplace and lots of cozy gathering places. Private apartments and grand design from days gone by provide a one-of-a-kind living experience.

Located right next to Mission Park in the historic section of Spokane, the community is by the Spokane River, close to Gonzaga University, downtown Spokane, an aquatic center, award winning wineries, and high quality medical practices.

Enjoy more at Merrill Gardens at The Academy. Our community is designed to meet your individual needs and give you the freedom to be yourself. We offer the best in independent senior living and assisted living from a family owned company that knows connection is everything.

Call to learn how to save $2,000 when you move to The Academy!*

*Limited time offer. Call for details. 

We’re proud of our community. Inside and out, it's designed to accommodate independence and activity in the heart of Spokane's historic district. 

We’d love to have you join us! Contact us today and we will show you around and give you a taste of what we’ve got cooking.

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We care

The care you need - when you need it

Care is more than a service we provide at The Academy – it’s a way of life.

You choose the way you want to live, and we'll help you get there. Whether you want to live a fully independent lifestyle or require some assistance, we are here to help.

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We know you're going to love it here

It's all about choice

Choose from 95 studio, one, and two bedroom private apartments and enjoy concierge services, scheduled transportation, 24-hour staffing, and weekly housekeeping. 

Our Anytime Dining program keeps up with your schedule with fresh, restaurant style meals served from 7am to 7pm, seven days a week. 

You'll live a full and happy life built around your delights and hobbies.


Seniors living a happy life here at The Academy, A Merrill Gardens Community

An active life is a happy life.

Managing a packed calendar of enriching activities is a full-time job, and our Active Living Program Director is up to the task. We're driven by the desires of the people who live here and our days are jam packed with lectures, parties, outings, political discussions, games, social meetups, and religious interest events. More choices than you'll have time for in your day!


  • Senior living in Spokane features a library Library
  • Senior living in Spokane features living areas Living Areas
  • Meeting spaces at senior living in Spokane Meeting Spaces
  • Senior living in Spokane features a salon Salon
  • Senior living in Spokane features a piano Piano
  • Senior living in Spokane features a washer/dryer Washer/Dryer Onsite
  • Senior living in Spokane features a kitchen Kitchen/Kitchenette
  • Senior living in Spokane features parking Parking


  • Senior living in Spokane features 24-Hour Staffing 24-Hour Staffing
  • Senior living in Spokane includes a resident call system Resident Call System
  • Senior living in Spokane includes many transportation options Transportation Options
  • Spokane senior living includes anytime dining Anytime Dining
  • Senior living in Spokane includes on-site maintenance On-Site Maintenance
  • Weekly Housekeeping at senior living in Spokane Weekly Housekeeping
  • Wellness at senior living in Spokane Wellness Program
  • Pets Welcome at senior living in Spokane Pets Welcome
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In the community

Making Memories

Our lifestyle means more contact and connection with our community, and interaction with families, children, and people of all ages.

A word from our residents

Meet your neighbor.

My wife and I are very pleased with the amenities, activities, care, staff, resident friendliness, and Anytime Dining at The Academy. We both grew up during the Depression and we are very value conscious which was a prime factor in choosing a retirement community. Location and convenience to doctors, dentists, and shopping were also a consideration in choosing The Academy.

James and Mattie Isabell - Residents at The Academy, A Merrill Gardens Community

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The Academy, A Merrill Gardens Community

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We are always looking for the right
people to join our team

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