JENNY YOU HAVE ALMOST AN IDENTICAL GPA TREND AS ME:
I was deferred from Stanford with a 3.6 cumulative gpa, including 9th, and only a 2200 SAT. The reasons for my deferral were apparently to see whether or not my upward grade trend would persist. Hopefully I might add to this low gpa statistic. =)
Also, for those of you who don't think it is possible to get into Stanford w/a low gpa, I would pay attention to the following words:
In the past two years (this year excluded) Stanford has accepted nearly 15 students from my school (only 140 in each grade). Of these 15, 10 had GPA's lower than 3.7, 2 had GPA's lower than 3.4, and the rest were around a 3.85.